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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Carnegie Technical School-LibraryTullamore
Carroll J.Main streetGrocersBirr
Carter's Temperance HotelCharleville paradeHotelsTullamore
Cassens JohnChurch streetPosting Establishments (Motors only)Tullamore
Cavanagh Mrs.Main streetFishmongersBirr
Central HotelO'Connell streetHotelsBirr
Central HotelO'Connell streetRefreshment RoomsBirr
Central HotelThe SquareHotelsEdenderry
Champ WilliamWilliam streetLeather & Boot WarehousesTullamore
Charleville Arms HotelBridge streetHotelsTullamore
Clavin P.The ParadeDrapers & MillinersTullamore
Clavin ThomasWilliam streetVictuallersTullamore
Clear ThomasWilliam streetLeather & Boot WarehousesTullamore
Cleary BrothersHarbour streetBuildersTullamore
Cleary Mrs.Main streetVictuallersBirr
Coffey HenryClara BridgeGrocersTullamore
Cole B.Market squareTailorsBirr
Cole SamuelMain streetBakersBirr
Collins JohnMain streetHairdressersBirr
Colton AbrahamCharleville squareAuctioneersTullamore
Colton GeorgeO'Moore streetPosting Establishments (Motors only)Tullamore
Colton's Royal Arms HotelHigh streetHotelsTullamore
CommercialHarbour streetClubsTullamore
Conmee J. R.J.K.L. streetPrinter & StationerEdenderry
Connolly A. M., MissColton's HotelSurgeon DentistsTullamore
Connolly A. M., MissColton's Royal Arms HotelDental Surgeons & DentistsTullamore
Conway & KearneyHigh streetSolicitorsTullamore
Conway K., MissMain streetGrocersBirr
Conway K., MissMain streetLicensed PremisesBirr
Corbet C.The SquareDentistsEdenderry
Corcoran J.Harbour streetPosting Establishments (Motors only)Tullamore
Corcoran J.Pound streetMotor GaragesBirr
Corrigan M.J.K.L. streetMotor Engineers & GaragesEdenderry
Corrigan W.J.K.L. streetCycle AgentsEdenderry
Cosgrove JamesHigh streetVictuallersTullamore
Craig Wm. J.-SolicitorsEdenderry
Cronley PeterWilliam streetSaddlers & Harness MakersTullamore
Crowe J. M.MonasterorisVeterinary SurgeonEdenderry
Dann Ernest E.Bridge streetConfectionersTullamore
Dann Mrs.Bridge streetTea RoomsTullamore
Davies MessrsAt Miss Burkes, Charleville pdDental Surgeons & DentistsTullamore
Davies MessrsCharleville paradeSurgeon DentistsTullamore
Davis Henry & SonsMain streetGrocersBirr
Davis Henry & SonsMain streetLicensed PremisesBirr
Davis J.C/o Mrs. Gill, High stDental Surgeons & DentistsTullamore
Davis J.C/o Mrs. Gill, High stSurgeon DentistsTullamore
Davy W.J.K.L. streetBoot MakersEdenderry
Davy W.J.K.L. streetBoot WarehousesEdenderry
Dea K.Connacht streetPublicansBirr
Degan Mrs.The BridgePublicansTullamore
Delahunty J.Castle streetBlacksmithsBirr
Delaney J.Harbour ViewGrocersEdenderry
Delaney MichaelJ.K.L. streetBoot WarehousesEdenderry
Dignan Catherine, Mrs.William streetGrocersTullamore
Dolan P.Church streetMotor GaragesBirr
Dolan P. L.Main streetMotor & Cycle EngineersBirr
Donegan A. J.William streetPlumbersTullamore
Donegan J. J.High streetPlumbersTullamore
Donnellan J.William streetBlacksmithsTullamore
Donohoe M., Mrs.Railway stSpirit DealersEdenderry
Donohoe ThomasJ.K.L. streetChina DealersEdenderry
Donohoe ThomasJ.K.L. streetHardware Merchants & IronmongersEdenderry
Doolan K., Mrs.The ArcadeDrapersBirr
Dooley J. P. & Co.Main streetIronmongersBirr
Dooley K., Mrs.Connacht streetDrapersBirr
Dooley'sMain streetGrocersBirr
Dooley'sMain streetLicensed PremisesBirr
Dooly J. & SonsJohn's pl. & Wilmer rd.House FurnishersBirr
Dooly J. & SonsWilmer roadCabinet makersBirr
Dooly J. & SonsWilmer roadFurniture RemoversBirr
Dooly J. & SonsWilmer roadMotor Haulage ContractorsBirr
Dooly John & SonsUpper Wilmer roadAuctioneersBirr
Dooly's Hotel-HotelsBirr
Dowling PeterHarbour streetChemistsEdenderry
Doyle HughThe HarbourBoot WarehousesEdenderry
Doyle HughThe HarbourGrocersEdenderry
Duffy BrothersClara roadBuildersTullamore
Duggan W. R.William streetDrapers & MillinersTullamore
Dunne JohnOffaly streetEgg & Poultery DealersTullamore
Dunne John & Co.Harbour streetCommission Agents (Racing)Tullamore
Dunne John & Co.Harbour streetTurf AccountantsTullamore
Dunne M.John's placeBoot DealersBirr
Dunne M.Mill streetBlacksmithsBirr
Dunne Mary, Mrs.High streetPublicansTullamore
Dunne P. J.Barrack streetPublicansTullamore
Dunne Patrick J.Barrack streetGrocersTullamore
Eades J.Emmet streetBuildersBirr
Earle M. A.J.K.L. streetGrocersEdenderry
Earle M., Mrs.J.K.L. streetSpirit DealersEdenderry
Egan Margaret, Mrs.Harbour streetPublicansTullamore
Egan MissGreen streetConfectionersBirr
Egan P. & H., Ltd.Bridge streetCoachbuildersTullamore
Egan P. & H., Ltd.Bridge streetCycle AgentsTullamore
Egan P. & H., Ltd.Bridge streetFuneral UndertakersTullamore
Egan P. & H., Ltd.Bridge streetGrocersTullamore
Egan P. & H., Ltd.Bridge streetHouse FurnishersTullamore
Egan P. & H., Ltd.Bridge streetIronmongersTullamore
Egan P. & H., Ltd.Bridge streetPublicansTullamore
Egan P. & H., Ltd.Bridge streetTobacconistsTullamore

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.