1931 Trade Directory, Co. Offaly

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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Acheson Q. & Co.J.K.L. streetBoot WarehousesEdenderry
Acheson W. & Co.J.K.L. streetDrapersEdenderry
Adams Louisa, Mrs.Store streetEgg & Poultery DealersTullamore
Adams WilliamHigh streetGrocersTullamore
Adams WilliamHigh streetPublicansTullamore
Alesbury Brothers Ltd.J.K.L. streetCoach BuildersEdenderry
Alesbury Brothers Ltd.J.K.L. streetFurniture ManufacturersEdenderry
Armstrong J. D.Barrack streetChina & Glass DealersTullamore
Armstrong J. D.Barrack streetHouse FurnishersTullamore
Armstrong J. D.Barrack streetIronmongersTullamore
Armstrong J. D.Barrack streetWireless DealersTullamore
Ashton C.C.J.K.L. streetDentistsEdenderry
Austin J.Emmet squareTailorsBirr
Bagnall M. G.O'Connell streetDrapersBirr
Bank of IrelandHigh streetBanksTullamore
Barber R. J.Main streetWatchmakersBirr
Barry & SonsCastle streetEgg & Butter MerchantsBirr
Barry Richard F., & SonJohn's placeSolicitorsBirr
Beatty J., Mrs.Private HotelHotelsEdenderry
Beatty JamesJ.K.L. streetBoot MakersEdenderry
Beechmount HotelHigh streetHotelsTullamore
Berkitt B. J.William streetPlumbersTullamore
Bermingham J.Main streetHarness MakerEdenderry
Berrill MichaelBridge streetDrapers & MillinersTullamore
Bolger's Temperance HotelBarrack streetHotelsTullamore
Bowe L.Main streetEgg & Butter MerchantsBirr
Bowes L.42 Main streetFishmongersBirr
Brazel JohnWilliam streetGrocersTullamore
Brazil (sic) J.William streetPublicansTullamore
Brazil (sic) JohnWilliam streetPosting Establishments (Motors only)Tullamore
Breen A.Newbridge streetGrocersBirr
Brennan M., Mrs.Market squareBooksellers & StationersTullamore
Brewery TapHigh streetPublicansTullamore
Bridge ArthurCastle streetMotor GaragesBirr
Bridge see Lee &Castle streetCycle AgentsBirr
British Legion IrelandWater streetClubsTullamore
Brook P. J.Main streetBoot DealersBirr
Brooks P. J.Main streetDrapersBirr
Buckley C.The SquareDentistsEdenderry
Byrne Clare, Mrs.The HarbourGrocersEdenderry
Byrne E.J.K.L. streetSpirit DealersEdenderry
Byrne EdwardThe SquareVictuallersEdenderry
Byrne EugeneWindsor terraceAuctioneersEdenderry
Byrne J.Main streetBoot DealersBirr
Byrne J.Main streetDrapersBirr
Byrne J. JWilliam streetPublicansTullamore
Byrne J. J.William streetGrocersTullamore
Byrne John J.Moor Park streetGrocersBirr
Byrne John J.Moor Park streetLicensed PremisesBirr

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.