1931 Trade Directory, Co. Roscommon

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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Ahearne W.New streetStationersBallaghaderreen
Ahearne WilliamNew streetConfectionersBallaghaderreen
Ballaghaderreen Co-Op Dairy-DairyBallaghaderreen
Bank of IrelandMain StreetBanksCastlerea
Bank of Ireland-BanksBoyle
Barrett see Drury &BoyleAuctioneersBoyle
Beirne P. J.Main streetGrocersBallaghaderreen
Beirne Patrick, Ltd.The SquareCycle AgentsBallaghaderreen
Beirne Patrick, Ltd.The SquareDrapersBallaghaderreen
Beirne Patrick, Ltd.The SquareGrocersBallaghaderreen
Beirne Patrick, Ltd.The SquareIronmongersBallaghaderreen
Black SamuelCarrick RoadBuilderBoyle
Black SamuelCarrick RoadPainters & DecoratorsBoyle
Bligh JasMain StreetBakersCastlerea
Bligh Jas.Main StreetGrocers & Spirit DealersCastlerea
Bogie T., Dr.Station roadPhysicians & SurgeonsBallaghaderreen
Boland Patk.Main StreetGrocers & Spirit DealersCastlerea
Boles R.The GreenDrapersBoyle
Bones P.Pound streetSaddlersBallaghaderreen
Brannan PatrickCroghanPublicansBoyle
Brennan D.Green streetSaddlersBoyle
Brennan JosephMain StreetDrapersCastlerea
Burke Bros.Main StreetTailorsCastlerea
Burke Bros.-Motor EngineersCastlerea
Burke JohnCarrick RoadHairdressersBoyle
Burke JohnMain StreetCycle AgentsCastlerea
Burke Patk.The BridgeFruiterersCastlerea
Burns Mrs.St. Patrick's St.FruiterersCastlerea
Byron Bros.Main StreetDrapersCastlerea
Cahill H., Mrs.Main StreetGrocers & Spirit DealersCastlerea
Cahill KateElphin streetGrocersBoyle
Cahill KateElphin streetPublicansBoyle
Cahill M., Mrs.Main StreetGrocers & Spirit DealersCastlerea
Callaghan T.Barrack streetPublicansBallaghaderreen
Callan C. E.The CrescentSolicitorsBoyle
Candon JamesSt. Patrick's St.Egg MerchantsBoyle
Candon MichaelSt. Patrick's St.GrocersBoyle
Carney R. G.Main streetChemistsBallaghaderreen
Carroll J. J.Main streetPeace CommissionersBoyle
Carroll J.J.Main streetDrapersBoyle
Carroll JamesBridge streetButchersBoyle
Carroll JamesBridge streetVictuallersBoyle
Carroll JosephSt. Patrick's St.FruiterersCastlerea
Carroll Ml.Main StreetGrocers & Spirit DealersCastlerea
Casey AlphonsusBridge streetDrapersBoyle
Casey J.New streetBlacksmithsBallaghaderreen
Casey JamesBarrack streetGrocersBallaghaderreen
Caulfield Thomas J.Main StreetEgg MerchantsCastlerea
Caulfield Thos. J.Main StreetGrocers & Spirit DealersCastlerea
Caulfield W.St. Patrick's St.Egg MerchantsCastlerea

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.