1931 Trade Directory, Co. Limerick

Directories set out to record the ‘principal inhabitants’ of a community, particularly those in trade or the professions. Directories were put together by individuals and publishers for commercial purposes at intervals during the late 18th and 19th centuries. Here is the 1931 Trade Directory, exclusive to From-Ireland.net:

T. Couba & SonsStation roadButter & Egg MerchantKilmallock
T. Donovan29 O'Connell stTailorsLimerick City
T. HarnettNew StreetGrocerAbbeyfeale
T. Hassett9 O'Connell stBuilders' IronmongeryLimerick City
T. Hassett9 O'Connell stIronmongersLimerick City
T. J. O'ConnellChurch streetGrocerAbbeyfeale
T. O'B. Kelly98 O'Connell stSolicitorsLimerick City
T. ScannellChapel streetGrocerAbbeyfeale
T., M.B. Foley6 Upper Hartstonge st.Physicians & SurgeonsLimerick City
T.J. CarrollLord Edward streetChemistKilmallock
T.M. Callanan , B.A., B.D.S.80 O'Connell stDentistsLimerick City
Thomas Atwell5 Glentworth stSolicitorsLimerick City
Thomas CampionSarsfield StreetGrocerKilmallock
Thomas CampionSarsfield StreetTobacconist, Wine & Spirit MerchantKilmallock
Thomas FitzgeraldMain streetSpirit & Wine DealerAbbeyfeale
Thomas HannanWolfe Tone streetGrocerKilmallock
Thomas O'ConnorMain streetVictuallerAbbeyfeale
Thomas O'DonoghueMain streetSpirit & Wine DealerAbbeyfeale
Thomas O'RourkeLord Edward streetGrocerKilmallock
Thomas O'RourkeLord Edward streetTobacconist, Wine & Spirit MerchantKilmallock
Thomas RyanMain streetBoot makersAbbeyfeale
Thomas ScannellChurch streetCorn & Flour MerchantAbbeyfeale
Timothy DowneyChurch streetVictuallerAbbeyfeale
W. A. Fogarty , M.D.67 George stPhysicians & SurgeonsLimerick City
W. B. Fitt46 O'Connell St.Auctioneers & ValuersLimerick City
W. Christy58 O'Connell stMotor Engineers & GaragesLimerick City
W. ChristyO'Connell streetCoach BuildersLimerick City
W. Clifford-SmithNorth Esk.ArchitectLimerick City
W. D. O'ConnorMain streetBoot WarehouseAbbeyfeale
W. D. O'ConnorMain streetCoal MerchantsAbbeyfeale
W. D. O'ConnorMain streetCorn & Flour MerchantAbbeyfeale
W. D. O'ConnorMain streetDraperAbbeyfeale
W. D. O'ConnorMain streetIronmongerAbbeyfeale
W. D. O'ConnorMain streetMiller (saw & Grinding mills only)Abbeyfeale
W. D. O'ConnorMain streetSpirit & Wine DealerAbbeyfeale
W. D. O'ConnorMain streetUndertakerAbbeyfeale
W. D. O'ConnorThe SquareHardware MerchantAbbeyfeale
W. D. O'ConnorsMain streetMillinerAbbeyfeale
W. O'ByrneSarsfield StreetBoot MakerKilmallock
W. Reidy , M.R.C.V.S.Lyons' Central HotelVeterinary SurgeonKilmallock
W. T. MannThe SquareGrocerAbbeyfeale
W.E.H DowlingLes Charmilles, North StrandDentistsLimerick City
West End HotelThe SquareHotelAbbeyfeale
William Lloyd106 George stWine & Spirit MerchantsLimerick City
William R. CollinsMain streetGrocerAbbeyfeale
Wingfield Sheares streetPainter & DecoratorKilmallock
Wm. Clarke & Son60 William stTobacco ManufacturersLimerick City
Wm. O'ConnellNew StreetButter & Egg MerchantsAbbeyfeale
Z. M. Ledger & Sons27 O'Connell stBooksellers & StationersLimerick City

In Ireland, many of the towns had a square, and around the square were houses (homes) with one or two shops or business’s. The streets of the town all went from that square. Most towns had a ‘Main street’ – some called it a High street, and it was usually on that main street that the majority of shops and businesses were located. Shops had one or two large windows depending on the size of the shop. Many Public houses had a grocery section. You walked in the door and the grocery section was at the front of the shop with the pub at the back – usually a wooden division separating both. The Grocer or Publican may have had a field or more behind the building, cows were milked and the milk was sold to those who would bring in their ‘Jimmy’ cans. Most business men/people had more than one occupation. The Publican as described above was also the Grocer and if he sold milk then he could also be described as a Dairy man. As you go through this list of names you will see that many.