1931 Trade Directory, Co. Louth

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:

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Abbey Motor & Engineering WorksWest streetMotor Engineers & GaragesDrogheda
Adams RobertIrish streetPosting EstablishmentArdee
Albert & Co.West streetTobacconistsDrogheda
Anderson & Co.West streetClothiersDrogheda
Anderson & Co.West streetDrapersDrogheda
Anderson WilliamIrish streetPublicansArdee
Ardee Bread Co.ConfectionerConfectionersArdee
Ardee Chair Factory-Chair MakersArdee
Armstrong S. J.4 Earl StreetDraperDundalk
Aston L.72 Clanbrassil St.Ladies' Tailors, Milliners & OutfittersDundalk
Aston Lewis72 Clanbrassil St.DraperDundalk
Backhouse H. & Co.Clanbrassil St.GrocersDundalk
Backhouse H. & Co.Clanbrassil St.Wine & Spirit MerchantsDundalk
Backhouse Henry & Co.Clanbrassil St.Mineral Water ManufacturersDundalk
Baldwin T.Broughton StreetPlumbersDundalk
Bank of Ireland-BanksDrogheda
Barber William SamuelFrancis St.ArchitectDundalk
Barret G. P.Peter streetArchitectsDrogheda
Beatie John58 Clanbrassil St.BakerDundalk
Beattie J.23 Clanbrassil St.ConfectionerDundalk
Beattie J.84 Clanbrassil St.RestaurantsDundalk
Bellew C. F.West streetSeedsmenDrogheda
Belton & Co.11 Clanbrassil St.AccountantsDundalk
Belton O.55 Clanbrassil St.Iron MongersDundalk
Berrill J.Lawrence streetEgg MerchantsDrogheda
Berrill W.J.Bridge StreetHairdressersDundalk
Blakeley F. J.29 Park StreetDraperDundalk
Bohemian Cinema-CinemaArdee
Bothwell E. J.6 Earl StreetAuctioneer & ValuerDundalk
Bothwell E.J.6 Earl StreetValuer & Estate AgentDundalk
Boyle JohnBull RingGrocersDrogheda
Boyle JohnDublin StreetGrocersDundalk
Boyle M., MissLawrence streetConfectionersDrogheda
Boyle M., MissLawrence streetRestaurantsDrogheda
Boyne Cinema-CinemasDrogheda
Boyne Cinema Garage Fair streetMotor Engineers & GaragesDrogheda
Bradley W. A., M.B.Lawrence streetPhysicians & SurgeonsDrogheda
Brady T. & SonWest streetClothiersDrogheda
Brady T. & SonWest streetMillinersDrogheda
Brady T. & SonWest streetTailorsDrogheda
Brady T., & SonWest streetDrapersDrogheda
Branagan JamesIrish streetPosting EstablishmentArdee
Branagan L. F.Castle streetSolicitorsArdee
Branigan Lawrence F.Lawrence streetSolicitorsDrogheda
Breen J. J.Irish streetPublicansArdee
Brennan J.29 Bridge StreetGrocersDundalk
Brennan JamesCastle streetDraperArdee
Brennan M.33 Park StreetTobacconistsDundalk
Briody LawrencePeter streetGrocersDrogheda
Brittain F. W., Ltd.West streetChemists & DruggistsDrogheda

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.