1931 Trade Directory, Co. Mayo

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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Adamson & Co., Ltd.Knox st. & King st.Chemists & PharmacistsBallina
Ahearn J.Knox streetStationersBallina
Ahearn JamesKnox streetHardware MerchantsBallina
Ahearn'sTown HallPicture House-CinemasBallina
Ancient Order of HiberniansJohn streetClubsBallina
Arcadia Picture HouseArran streetPicture House-CinemasBallina
Archer ThomasKnox streetBuilder's ProvidersBallina
Archer ThomasKnox streetSaw MillsBallina
Arisbro J. P.Main streetGrocersCastlebar
Baird J.Knox streetCivil EngineersBallina
Ballina Coal Co., TheFrancis streetCoal MerchantsBallina
Ballina Coal Co., TheFrancis streetCorn MerchantsBallina
Ballina HeraldKnox streetNewspapersBallina
Ballina Mineral Water Co.Knox streetMineral Water ManufacturersBallina
Ballina Wood & Iron Co.,Arran streetBuilder's ProvidersBallina
Ballina Wood & Iron Co.,Arran streetHardware MerchantsBallina
Bank of IrelandKnox streetBanksBallina
Bank of Ireland-BankBallinrobe
Bank of Ireland, Ltd.The GreenBanksCastlebar
Barrett & SonsHill streetHorseshoersBallina
Barrett M.Hill streetPublicansBallina
Basquill T.Castle streetVintnersCastlebar
Baynes J.Main streetDrapersCastlebar
Baynes V.Main streetVintnersCastlebar
Beckett F.Ellison streetGrocersCastlebar
Beckett I.Arran streetCoal MerchantsBallina
Beckett IsaacMill streetBuilder's ProvidersBallina
Beckett IsaacMill streetBuilding ContractorsBallina
Beckett IsaacShamble streetSaw MillsBallina
Beckett J.Spencer streetGrocersCastlebar
Beirne JosephBridge streetAuctioneersBallina
Beirne M.Bridge streetButter & Egg ExportersBallina
Beirne P.Bridge streetBakersBallina
Bell J.St. Muredach's TerracePlumbersBallina
Bermingham & Co., Ltd.Bridge streetGrocersBallinrobe
Biggins DenisMain streetVintners or PublicansBallinrobe
Boland J.King streetPublicansBallina
Boland JohnBridge streetAuctioneersBallina
Boland JohnBridge streetPublicansBallina
Boland see Rileys &James streetBuilder's ProvidersBallina
Boland WilliamKing streetAuctioneersBallina
Bourke & Sons (T.)Ellison streetCycle & Motor AgentsCastlebar
Bourke A.Main streetChemistsCastlebar
Bourke JamesEllison streetVictuallersCastlebar
Bourke JosieEllison streetCycle & Motor AgentsCastlebar
Bourke L.Main streetGrocersBallinrobe
Bourke Mary Anne (Miss)Abbey streetDrapersBallinrobe
Bourke P.Castle streetVintnersCastlebar
Bourke, Carrig & LoftusBury streetSolicitorsBallina
Breen MichaelKnox streetHair Dressing SaloonsBallina

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.