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:

Sullivan P. JBridge streetBoot WarehousesBallina
Sweeney D., Mrs.Newantrim streetVictuallersCastlebar
Sweeney ThomasThomas streetPlumbersCastlebar
Tansey E.Ellison streetVintnersCastlebar
Tarpey P. J.Knox streetPublicansBallyhaunis
Tarpey PatrickKnox streetDrapersBallyhaunis
Tarpey PatrickKnox streetGrocersBallyhaunis
Tarpey PatrickKnox streetPublicansBallyhaunis
Tarpey PatrickKnox streetTailorsBallyhaunis
Taylor J., MissSpencer streetGrocersCastlebar
The Cinema-CinemaBallinrobe
The SalonKing streetDrapersBallina
The Western PeopleArran st. & Francis st.Motor EngineersBallina
Thornton A. V. G.Ellison streetSolicitorsCastlebar
Thornton J. G.Mental HospitalPhysicians & SurgeonsCastlebar
Tierney T.Castle streetGrocersCastlebar
Tierney T.Castle streetVintnersCastlebar
Tighe PatrickMain streetBoot & Shoe makersBallyhaunis
Timlin P., Mrs.Bridge streetGrocersBallina
Tobin see Glynn &James streetBuilding ContractorsBallina
Treacy GeorgeGarden streetMotor EngineersBallina
Tuffy A.Spencer streetGrocersCastlebar
Tuohy P. F.BallintubberAuctioneersCastlebar
Twiggs ThomasTucker streetGrocersCastlebar
Tyler John & SonsKnox streetBoot WarehousesBallina
Ulster Bank Ltd.Bridge streetBanksBallyhaunis
Ulster Bank Ltd.-BankBallinrobe
Ulster Bank Ltd.,Knox streetBanksBallina
Valkenburg JosephMain streetHotelsBallinrobe
Veldon P. E.Main streetGrocersBallyhaunis
Veldon PatrickMain streetGlass & China MerchantsBallyhaunis
Veldon Patrick E.Main streetPublicansBallyhaunis
Wade MartinRiversideCoach BuildersBallina
Waldron A., M.B.-Physicians & SurgeonsBallyhaunis
Waldron BrothersKnox streetCar & CoachbuildersBallyhaunis
Waldron JamesKnox streetHardware & Ironmongery MerchtsBallyhaunis
Waldron JamesMain streetBakersBallyhaunis
Waldron JamesMain streetGrocersBallyhaunis
Waldron JohnKnox streetGrocersBallyhaunis
Waldron K., MissKnox streetGlass & China MerchantsBallyhaunis
Waldron K., MissKnox streetGrocersBallyhaunis
Waldron M. A., Miss-HotelsBallyhaunis
Waldron P.P., M.P.S.I.Bridge streetChemistsBallyhaunis
Waldron WalterKnox streetGrocersBallyhaunis
Walker M.The GreenWatchmakers & JewellersCastlebar
Walsh B., Mrs.Linenhall streetGrocersCastlebar
Walsh E., Mrs.Knox streetStationersBallina
Walsh F.Bridge streetSaddlers & Harness ManufacturersBallina
Walsh J.The BridgeDrapersCastlebar
Walsh JohnMain streetHardware & IronmongeryBallinrobe
Walsh MissGlebe streetGrocersBallinrobe
Walsh PatrickMain streetEgg MerchantsBallyhaunis
Walshe PatrickMain streetGrocersBallyhaunis
Walshe PatrickMain streetPublicansBallyhaunis
Ward Mary, MissCornmarketWine & Spirit MerchantsBallinrobe
Webb MichaelMain streetVictuallersBallyhaunis
West A. J.Gore streetSaw MillsBallina
Western HotelArthur streetHotelsBallina
White'sKing streetElectrical EngineersBallina
White's Automobile Co. Ltd.King streetMotor EngineersBallina
Worthington T.Main streetSaddler & Harness MakerCastlebar
Wynne R.Main streetStationers, Booksellers & TobacconistsCastlebar
Wynne T. A.Main streetAuctioneersCastlebar
Wynne T. A.Main streetStationers, Booksellers & TobacconistsCastlebar

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.