1931 Trade Directory, Co. Monaghan

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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Alexander AaronYork streetPosting EstablishmentsCastleblayney
Armstrong BrothersCastleblayneyAuctioneersCastleblayney
Bailey R. E., & Co.Main streetSolicitorsCarrickmacross
Bailie R. E. & Co.West streetSolicitorsCastleblayney
Bank of IrelandWest streetBanksCastleblayney
Bartholomew J. R.Muckno streetButter & Egg MerchantsCastleblayney
Barton J.DerrylavinMillersCarrickmacross
Beegan F.Main streetGrocersCarrickmacross
Beegan F.Main streetSeed, Manure &c., MerchantsCarrickmacross
Beegan F.Main streetWine & Spirit MerchantsCarrickmacross
Birdy G.O'Neill streetVictuallersCarrickmacross
Bogue JohnMuckno streetMotor Engineers & GaragesCastleblayney
Boyd D.Main streetDrapersCastleblayney
Boylan F.Muckno streetGrocersCastleblayney
Boylan FrankMuckno streetWine & Spirit MerchantsCastleblayney
Boylan MichaelMain streetButter & Egg MerchantsBallybay
Boyle JohnMuckno streetPoultry MerchantsCastleblayney
Boyle M.Muckno streetButter & Egg MerchantsCastleblayney
Boyle R.O'Neill streetChina & Glass DealersCarrickmacross
Braden ThomasHall streetBoot MakersBallybay
Brannigan MissMain streetMilliners & DressmakersCastleblayney
Brennan ThomasCorrybrennanGrocersBallybay
Brown AlexanderDrunfaldraCorn & Flour MerchantsBallybay
Brown AlexanderDrunfaldraMillersBallybay
Burns & Co.Main streetBooksellers & StationersCastleblayney
Burns Michael & SonMarket squareTailorsCastleblayney
Byrne F., M.D.CorduffPhysicians & SurgeonsCarrickmacross
Byrne MissMarket squareWine & Spirit MerchantsCastleblayney
Byrne Mrs.CorrybrennanGrocersBallybay
Byrne W.MullinaryGrocersCarrickmacross
Cahill BrothersMain streetDrapersCarrickmacross
Cahill BrothersMain streetMilliners & DressmakersCarrickmacross
Callan C.Main streetGrocersCastleblayney
Callan CharlesMain streetBuildersCastleblayney
Callan P.The BridgeWine & Spirit MerchantsCarrickmacross
Campbell JohnMuckno streetGrocersCastleblayney
Campbell ThomasMuckno streetGrocersCastleblayney
Carole Mrs.-FruiterersBallybay
Carragher JamesMain streetWine & Spirit MerchantsCastleblayney
Carragher JamesWest streetGrocersCastleblayney
Carragher MissMain streetDrapersBallybay
Carragher P.West streetWine & Spirit MerchantsCastleblayney
Carragher PatrickMain streetCattle & Pig DealersCastleblayney
Carrickmacross Hosiery & Knitting Co., Ltd.-Hosiery & Shirt ManufacturersCarrickmacross
Carroll JohnMain streetDrapersCarrickmacross
Carswell JamesMuckno streetMotor Engineers & GaragesCastleblayney
Carswell W. J.Muckno streetPosting EstablishmentsCastleblayney
Casey L.Main streetDrapersCastleblayney
Casey WilliamThe SquareVictuallersBallybay
Central HotelMain streetHotelsCastleblayney

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.