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:

Usher Robert & Co. Ltd.Green Hills FactoryLinen ManufacturersDrogheda
Victory's Restaurant Merchants QuayRestaurantsDrogheda
Walsh E. J.Wellington quayDentistsDrogheda
Walsh Mary, Mrs.Dunany, Seatown PlaceHotelsDundalk
Ward & Hamill N/ACourt House SquareSolicitorsDundalk
Ward B.Anne StreetTailorsDundalk
Ward E. & P.34 Park StreetGrocersDundalk
Ward P.31 Clanbrassil St.ChemistDundalk
Ward P.50 Park StreetGrocersDundalk
Ward P.59 Park StreetGrocersDundalk
Watson F.William streetBuildersDrogheda
Watters A.1 Bachelor's WalkFishmongersDundalk
Watters Alexander A.17 Clanbrassil St.Bacon CurerDundalk
Watters F.W.80 Clanbrassil St.PlumbersDundalk
Watters John149 Barrack StreetGrocersDundalk
Watters P.11 Earl StreetGrocersDundalk
Watters P.11 Earl StreetHotelsDundalk
Watters P. & J23 Park StreetMotor Engineers & GaragesDundalk
Watters Patrick11 Earl StreetConfectionerDundalk
Weherly & Son51 Clanbrassil St.Watch & ClockmakersDundalk
Welsh BrothersPark StreetWatch & ClockmakersDundalk
West End HotelWest streetHotelsDrogheda
Wherley C. & Co.Lawrence streetTobacconistsDrogheda
Wherley C. & Co.Lawrence streetWatch & Clock MakersDrogheda
White E.Francis StreetRestaurantsDundalk
White FrancisNewry RoadVictuallersDundalk
White Horse HotelWest streetHotelsDrogheda
White M.82 Park StreetVictuallersDundalk
White Patrick27 Church StreetVictuallersDundalk
Whitworth Hall-CinemasDrogheda
Williams Hotel N/ACrowe StreetHotelsDundalk
Williamson ThomasFrancis St.Cycle AgentsDundalk
Williamson ThomasFrancis StreetIron MongersDundalk
Williamson ThomasFrancis StreetSawmillsDundalk
Williamsons T.Francis StreetMotor Engineers & GaragesDundalk
Wilson & McBrinnMell WorksClothing ManufacturerDrogheda
Wilson AndrewWest streetPainters & DecoratorsDrogheda
Woods M.Lawrence gateGrocersDrogheda
Woods P.Dublin StreetGrocersDundalk
Wordie & Co., Ltd.Mayoralty streetCarriersDrogheda
Wright William J.Railway Tce.ElectricianArdee
Wynne James & Co., Ltd.Jocelyn PlaceBuilderDundalk
Wynne James & Co., Ltd.Jocelyn PlaceSawmillsDundalk

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.