1931 Trade Directory, Co. Longford

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:

Brady Hugh, Mrs.Main streetFuneral Undertaker'sGranard
Brady Hugh, Mrs.Main streetGrocersGranard
Brady M.Main streetLeather MerchantsGranard
Brady Mary, Mrs.Main streetIronmongersGranard
Brady P. J.New roadFruiterer's etc.Granard
Brady P. J.New roadGrocersGranard
Burns & Co.Main streetGrocersGranard
Burns J. E.Main streetGrocersGranard
Burns JamesWater streetFowl MerchantsGranard
Burns James W.Main streetGrocersGranard
Cadden PhilipNew roadHouse DecoratorsGranard
Collumb B.New roadFowl MerchantsGranard
Connell Mrs.New roadDressmakersGranard
Connolly WilliamMain streetVictuallersGranard
Cosgrave M., Mrs.Main streetGrocersGranard
Cosgrove JamesMain streetConfectioners, etc.Granard
Cosgrove JamesMain streetFruiterer's etc.Granard
Cosgrove PatrickMain streetGrocersGranard
Daly OwenMain streetTailorsGranard
Devine BrothersBarrack streetBakersGranard
Devine BrothersMain streetTailorsGranard
Devine Lizzie, Mrs.Main streetDressmakersGranard
Devine MichaelBarrack streetTailorsGranard
Devine PeterBarrack streetHarness MakersGranard
Doherty ThomasMain streetConfectioners, etc.Granard
Doherty ThomasMain streetGrocersGranard
Dolan MatthewMain streetGrocersGranard
Donohoe JohnMain streetGrocersGranard
Drum M. J.Main streetGrocersGranard
Durkin HughMain streetDrapersGranard
Early MichaelNew roadFowl MerchantsGranard
Early MissMain streetConfectioners, etc.Granard
Flood P.Main streetGrocersGranard
Francis J. S., L.D.S., R.C.S.-DentistsGranard
Greville Arms HotelMain streetHotelsGranard
Grier E.Main streetChemistsGranard
Hamill P.Barrack streetGrocersGranard
Harte ThomasNew roadMotor GaragesGranard
Hayden EdwardBarrack streetMotor GaragesGranard
Hayden K., Mrs.Barrack streetGrocersGranard
Heslin PatrickMain streetGrocersGranard
Heslin PeterMain streetBakersGranard
Hibernian Bank LtdMain streetBanksGranard
Imperial HotelMain streetHotelsGranard
Irwin & SonMain streetGrocersGranard
Irwin D. & SonMain streetLeather MerchantsGranard
Irwin E. P., L.P.S.I.Main streetChemistsGranard
Keegan JamesMain streetVictuallersGranard
Keegan MichaelMain streetGrocersGranard
Keirnan (sic) PeterMain streetLeather MerchantsGranard

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.