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:

Kellett ConnMain streetHarness MakersGranard
Kellett JamesMain streetHarness MakersGranard
Kelly JohnMain streetDrapersGranard
Kelly M.Main streetIronmongersGranard
Kelly MichaelMain streetGrocersGranard
Kiernan M. J.Main streetLeather MerchantsGranard
Kiernan PeterGreville Arms HotelMotor GaragesGranard
Kiernan PeterMain streetBakersGranard
Kiernan PeterMain streetFuneral Undertaker'sGranard
Kiernan PeterMain streetGrocersGranard
Kiernan PeterMain streetHouse FurnishersGranard
Kiernan PeterMain streetIronmongersGranard
Kiernan ThomasMain streetGrocersGranard
King S. T.Main streetDrapersGranard
King S. T.Main streetGrocersGranard
Ledwith JohnMain streetGrocersGranard
Leonard T.Main streetDrapersGranard
Little P. J.Main streetGrocersGranard
Magan Francis J.Main streetSolicitorsGranard
Mahon JamesBarrack streetCoopersGranard
Mallon PatrickCorlana, LismacaffreySolicitorsGranard
Markey C. M., Miss, B.D.S.-DentistsGranard
McCabe MissNew roadRestaurantsGranard
McCluskey PatrickNew roadGrocersGranard
McEvoy James, M.B., B.Ch.Main streetPhysicians & SurgeonsGranard
McIvor Mrs.New roadGrocersGranard
McLoughlin John J.Main streetGrocersGranard
Montford Rose, MissMain streetDrapersGranard
Mulligan JamesMain streetRestaurantsGranard
Mulligan L.BallywillanGrocersGranard
Murphy EdwardMain streetRestaurantsGranard
O'Connor JohnNew roadGrocersGranard
O'Connor P.New roadGrocersGranard
O'Donnell P.Main streetGrocersGranard
O'Dwyer James, M.D.Lakeview, CarraghPhysicians & SurgeonsGranard
O'Hara Patrick, E. J.Main streetGrocersGranard
O'Reilly James P.Main streetDrapersGranard
O'Reilly T. P.CreevyAuctioneerGranard
O'Reilly ThomasMain streetGrocersGranard
O'Shea ChristopherBarrack streetTailorsGranard
Parkes BrothersSt. Joseph's terraceTailorsGranard
Pettit DenisMain streetAuctioneerGranard
Pettit JohnMain streetGrocersGranard
Pettit JohnMain streetHouse FurnishersGranard
Pettit JohnMain streetIronmongersGranard
Pettit's Central GarageMain streetMotor GaragesGranard
Regan BrothersMain streetBakersGranard
Rock JohnMain streetFowl MerchantsGranard
Royal Hotel Main streetHotelsGranard
Sheridan PeterNew roadBakersGranard
Sheridan PeterNew roadGrocersGranard
Slevin J. J.Main streetGrocersGranard
Small H. G., L.D.S.-DentistsGranard
Smyth AndrewMain streetCoopersGranard
Stephenson W.BallinloughAuctioneerGranard
Tierney Joseph-DrapersGranard
Tobin JamesBarrack streetHouse DecoratorsGranard
Ulster Bank LtdNew roadBanksGranard
Walsh BrothersMain streetVictuallersGranard
Ward L.Main streetGrocersGranard
Yorke Victorine, Dr.Yorke terracePhysicians & SurgeonsGranard

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.