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:

Shevlin J. J.Main streetWine & Spirit MerchantsCarrickmacross
Shevlin M.O'Neill streetConfectionersCarrickmacross
Shevlin M. M., L.D.S., R.C.S.I.Main streetDentistCarrickmacross
Shields M.Main streetDrapersCarrickmacross
Shirley Arms HotelMain streetHotelsCarrickmacross
Shirley Arms HotelMain streetPosting EstablishmentsCarrickmacross
Short PeterMain streetVictuallersCastleblayney
Smith & DuffyYork streetMilliners & DressmakersCastleblayney
Smith V.Main streetGrocersBallybay
Smith V., Mrs.Main streetDrapersBallybay
Smyth J.Muckno streetBoot MakersCastleblayney
Smyth J. F.York streetSolicitorsCastleblayney
Smyth P.Main streetGrocersCarrickmacross
Smyth P. A.Main streetWine & Spirit MerchantsCarrickmacross
Smyth P. J.West streetWine & Spirit MerchantsCastleblayney
Smyth V.Main streetBoot WarehousesBallybay
Somerville JamesMain streetVictuallersBallybay
Spence RobertThe Medical Hall, Main stDentistCastleblayney
Spence Robert & Co.Main streetGrocersCastleblayney
Spence Robert, L.P.S.I.The Medical Hall, Main stChemistsCastleblayney
St. Louis ConventCarrickmacrossCarrickmacross Lace MakersCarrickmacross
Sullivan D.Farney streetTurf AccountantsCarrickmacross
Sweetnam R. V.Muckno streetButter & Egg MerchantsCastleblayney
Temperance HotelMain streetHotelsCarrickmacross
The Popular-CinemaCarrickmacross
Thompson Brothers-Butter & Egg MerchantsBallybay
Ulster Bank Ltd.Main streetBanksCarrickmacross
Urquhart Mr.Clerke's Jewellers, Main stDentistsBallybay
Waller JosephParnell streetTurf AccountantsCarrickmacross
Walsh L., MissMain streetBooksellers & StationersCarrickmacross
Walsh M. & L.Main streetConfectionersCarrickmacross
Walsh R. A.O'Neill streetTobacconistsCarrickmacross
Walshe's (Miss) Private HotelO'Neill streetHotelsCarrickmacross
Ward & Co.Main streetGrocersBallybay
Ward BernardMuckno streetCattle & Pig DealersCastleblayney
Ward JamesHenry streetBoot MakersCastleblayney
Ward M.Monaghan streetVictuallersCarrickmacross
Ward M. T.Main streetMilliners & DressmakersCarrickmacross
Ward M. T.Main streetTailorsCarrickmacross
Watson RobertMain streetHardware merchantsCastleblayney
Watson RobertMuckno streetBuildersCastleblayney
Wells A. A.Main streetSolicitorsCarrickmacross
White ThomasMuckno streetCoach & Cart MerchantsCastleblayney
White ThomasMuckno streetDrapersCastleblayney
Wilson A.Muckno streetGrocersCastleblayney
Wilson WalterMain streetGrocersCastleblayney
Wilson WalterMain streetHardware merchantsCastleblayney
Woods PatrickBath streetCattle & Sheep DealerCarrickmacross
Woods R.O'Neill streetConfectionersCarrickmacross
Woods R.O'Neill streetTobacconistsCarrickmacross
Woods R., Mrs.O'Neill streetBooksellers & StationersCarrickmacross
Woods W. F.Main streetCattle & Pig DealerCarrickmacross
Woods W. F.Main streetVictuallersCarrickmacross
Woods WilliamBath streetCattle & Sheep DealerCarrickmacross
Wright MissMain streetChina & Glass DealersBallybay
Wright MissMain streetConfectionersBallybay
Wright Miss-FruiterersBallybay

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.