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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Caulfield W. J.Main StreetGrocers & Spirit DealersCastlerea
Claffey P.St. Patrick's St.IronmongersCastlerea
Claffey PatrickSt. Patrick's St.Grocers & Spirit DealersCastlerea
Cleary Jas.KnockroeEgg MerchantsCastlerea
Cleary Jas.Main StreetGrocers & Spirit DealersCastlerea
Clyne P., Rev. C.C.-ClergymenCastlerea
Coen J. A., Dr.BellvuePhysicians & SurgeonsBallaghaderreen
Coleman J.Main streetPainters & DecoratorsBallaghaderreen
Coleman J. F.Bridge streetEgg MerchantsBoyle
Coleman J. J.Main streetConfectionersBallaghaderreen
Coleman J. J.Main streetGrocersBallaghaderreen
Coleman J. J.Main streetPublicansBallaghaderreen
Coleman M.New streetGrocersBallaghaderreen
Coleman MaryNew streetPublicansBallaghaderreen
Coleman T.Main streetPainters & DecoratorsBallaghaderreen
Commercial HotelMain StreetHotelsCastlerea
Condon JamesChapel streetButter MerchantBoyle
Connells M.Church streetPublicansBallaghaderreen
Connolly Bros.Main StreetBuildersCastlerea
Connolly Bros.Main StreetCoachbuildersCastlerea
Connolly Bros.Main StreetSawmills & Timber MerchantsCastlerea
Connolly Bros.-IronmongersCastlerea
Connolly Mrs.Main StreetGrocers & Spirit DealersCastlerea
Conry HenryMain StreetGrocers & Spirit DealersCastlerea
Convent of Mercy-SchoolsCastlerea
Costello M.New streetBlacksmithsBallaghaderreen
Cox J. H.The CrescentGrocersBoyle
Cox J. H.The CrescentPublicansBoyle
Cox JohnMain streetDrapersBoyle
Cox Mrs.Green streetDressmakersBoyle
Coy Milling-Mill OwnersCastlerea
Coyne JohnSt. Patrick's St.CoachbuildersCastlerea
Coyne JohnSt. Patrick's St.Grocers & Spirit DealersCastlerea
Crean P.Main StreetTailorsCastlerea
Creaton J.Market streetEgg MerchantsBallaghaderreen
Creaton J.Market streetPublicansBallaghaderreen
Croghan JamesMain StreetGrocers & Spirit DealersCastlerea
Cryan JohnBridge streetGrocersBoyle
Cryan JohnBridge streetPublicansBoyle
Cunniffe GeraldMain streetButchersBallaghaderreen
Cunniffe GeraldNew streetPublicansBallaghaderreen
Cunniffe JamesMain streetButchersBallaghaderreen
Cunniffe JamesMain streetPublicansBallaghaderreen
Cunningham B.Bridge streetPublicansBoyle
Cunningham F.Bridge streetPublicansBoyle
Curley JaneBarrack streetPublicansBallaghaderreen
Dalby MissMain StreetGrocers & Spirit DealersCastlerea
Darcy James1 St. Patrick's St.DrapersBoyle
Delany JohnMain StreetGrocers & Spirit DealersCastlerea
Delany JohnMain StreetIronmongersCastlerea
Denby T. E.Church streetMotor EngineersBallaghaderreen
Devine T. J.St. Patrick's St.PublicansBoyle
Devine ThomasSt. Patrick's St.GrocersBoyle
Dillon LukeThe SquareGrocersBallaghaderreen
Dodd J.Main streetGrocersBoyle
Doherty JohnSt. Patrick's St.Grocers & Spirit DealersCastlerea
Doherty M.Market streetEgg MerchantsBallaghaderreen
Dolan Ml.Main StreetBuildersCastlerea
Donnellan Bros.Main StreetDrapersCastlerea
Donnellan Bros.Main StreetGrocers & Spirit DealersCastlerea
Donnellan Bros.-Motor EngineersCastlerea
Donnellan P.,*-Physicians & SurgeonsCastlerea
Dooney P.Market streetPublicansBallaghaderreen
Dowling Chris.St. Patrick's St.Egg MerchantsCastlerea
Dowling Chris.St. Patrick's St.Grocers & Spirit DealersCastlerea
Dowling JasSt. Patrick's St.BakersCastlerea
Dowling Jas.St. Patrick's St.Egg MerchantsCastlerea
Dowling JoeSt. Patrick's St.ConfectionersCastlerea
Downey A.St. Patrick's St.Grocers & Spirit DealersCastlerea
Doyle PatkMain StreetGrocers & Spirit DealersCastlerea
Dring MissSt. Patrick's St.DressmakersBoyle
Drury & BarrettBoyleAuctioneersBoyle
Drury A.Main streetConfectionersBallaghaderreen
Drury MichaelCrescentPublicansBoyle
Duffs & Co.Main streetCycle AgentsBallaghaderreen
Duffs & Co.The SquareDrapersBallaghaderreen
Duffs & Co.The SquareGrocersBallaghaderreen
Duffs & Co.The SquareIronmongersBallaghaderreen
Duffy P.New streetSaddlersBallaghaderreen
Duffy P. J.New streetPhysicians & SurgeonsBallaghaderreen
Dunne Mrs.Main StreetFruiterersCastlerea
Dunne T. J.St. Patrick's St.AuctioneersBoyle
Dyar PatkMain StreetBakersCastlerea
Dyar PatkMain StreetGrocers & Spirit DealersCastlerea
Dyer J.St. Patrick's St.TailorsBoyle
Egan Thos.Main StreetTailorsCastlerea
Egan's Shoeing ForgeMain StreetBlacksmithsCastlerea
Fahy JasMain StreetMotor EngineersCastlerea
Fahy PatrickMain StreetBakersCastlerea
Fannon & SilkeCastlereaAuctioneers & ValuersCastlerea
Fannon T.St. Patrick's St.Grocers & Spirit DealersCastlerea
Farrell JamesBridge streetButchersBoyle
Farrell James-Mill OwnersCastlerea
Farrell Jas.Bridge streetVictuallersBoyle
Farrell MichaelChurch streetSolicitorsBallaghaderreen
Farrell, McDonnellMain StreetSolicitorsCastlerea
Feely JamesThe GreenPublicansBoyle
Feeney GeraldMain streetPublicansBallaghaderreen
Feeney JamesMain streetGrocersBallaghaderreen
Feeney LukeMarket streetPublicansBallaghaderreen

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.