1931 Trade Directory, Co. Meath

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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Allen JohnRailway streetPainters & DecoratorsNavan
AllensBective streetGrocers & Spirit DealersKells
Armstrong W. & G.Market streetAuctioneersKells
Armstrong W. O.Cavan streetSolicitorsOldcastle
Armstrong W. O.Market streetSolicitorsKells
Ashe EdwardChapel streetMotor GaragesOldcastle
Ashton CharlesCastle streetDentistsOldcastle
Atkins Henry R.The SquareButchersOldcastle
Aylesbury BrothersAthlumney Saw MillsSawmillsNavan
Balfe C.Market streetDrapersTrim
Bank of Ireland-BankTrim
Bell BrothersChurch streetTailorsKells
Bermingham PatrickLudlow streetGrocersNavan
Blackwater Motor WorksFarrell streetMotor & Cycle AgentsKells
Bligh & SonsClonbunAuctioneersTrim
Brady B., MissMarket squareConfectionerNavan
Brady JohnCavan streetCoal MerchantsOldcastle
Brady P.Newmarket streetGrocers & Spirit DealersKells
Brangan E., MissHeadfort placePhysiciansKells
Breakey H. TMarket streetDrapersKells
Brien JohnBrew's HillCattle DealersNavan
Brogan J.Market squareDrapersTrim
Brogan J.Railway HotelHotelsTrim
Brogan JamesBridge streetGrocers & Spirit DealersTrim
Burns JamesRandalstownCattle DealersNavan
Burns JohnLennox streetCycle AgentsOldcastle
Burns JohnLennox streetMotor AgentsOldcastle
Burns JohnLennox streetMotor GaragesOldcastle
Burns JosephBarrack streetCycle AgentsOldcastle
Burns JosephBarrack streetMotor GaragesOldcastle
Cadden I & M.Chapel streetGrocers & Spirit MerchantsOldcastle
Callaghan P.Bridge streetCoach BuildersTrim
Callan & Co.The SquareHardware MerchantsNavan
Canton D.John streetDentistsKells
Carroll H.Newmarket streetAuctioneersKells
Carroll MissThe SquareConfectioners, Tea Rooms &c.Oldcastle
Carroll ThomasThe SquareDrapersOldcastle
Carty JohnFarrell streetGrocers & Spirit DealersKells
Carty JohnFarrell streetUndertakerKells
Casey HughThe CottageCattle DealersNavan
Casey JohnWatergate streetVictuallersNavan
Central HotelMarket streetHotelsTrim
Central Hotel (E. Crinion, Prop.)Market squareHotelsNavan
Clancy OwenCastle streetMotor GaragesOldcastle
Clark J. & Co.Trimgate streetSolicitorsNavan
Clarke P.Farrell streetDrapersKells
Clayton F. & J. & Co., Ltd.Woolen MillsWoolen ManufacturersNavan
Coldrick PatrickWatergate streetBuildersNavan
Coldrick PatrickWatergate streetElectrical & Mechanical EngineersNavan
Coldrick PatrickWatergate streetPlumbers & GasfittersNavan

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.