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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NameAddressOccupationTown
Scally MichaelBarrack streetGrocersBallaghaderreen
Shanagher Patk.Main StreetGrocers & Spirit DealersCastlerea
Sharkey JohnElphin streetBakersBoyle
Sharkey SistersMain streetConfectionersBallaghaderreen
Sharkey*St. Joseph'sReligious DenominationsBoyle
Sheehan Patk.Main StreetGrocers & Spirit DealersCastlerea
Sheil PatrickBridge streetGrocersBoyle
Sheil PatrickBridge streetPublicansBoyle
Sheils M.New streetPublicansBallaghaderreen
Sherlock J. J.Bridge streetGrocersBoyle
Shouldice H.Church streetDrapersBallaghaderreen
Shryane K., Mrs.New streetGrocersBallaghaderreen
Shryane T.New streetPublicansBallaghaderreen
Silke see Fannon &CastlereaAuctioneers & ValuersCastlerea
Sloan W. J.Main streetIronmongersBoyle
Sloan William J.Main streetCycle AgentsBoyle
Sloan William J.Main streetGrocersBoyle
Smith A.OaklandsVeterinary SurgeonsBoyle
Smyth ThomasMarket streetMotor EngineersBallaghaderreen
Solan M.Main streetPublicansBallaghaderreen
Spellman J.St. Patrick's St.GrocersBoyle
Spellman J.St. Patrick's St.PublicansBoyle
Spellman JosephNew streetIronmongersBallaghaderreen
Spellman JosephNew streetPublicansBallaghaderreen
Spellman W.Barrack streetCycle AgentsBallaghaderreen
Spellman W.Barrack streetMotor EngineersBallaghaderreen
Staunton E. P.Church streetChemistsBallaghaderreen
Staunton JohnBarrack streetMotor EngineersBallaghaderreen
Staunton MauriceMain StreetSolicitorsCastlerea
Stewart G. A.Abbey terraceElectriclal & Refrigeration EngineersBoyle
Stewart G. A.Abbey terracePeace CommissionersBoyle
Stewart JosephAbbeyviewMillerBoyle
Stewart RobertSawmillsSawmills & Timber merchantBoyle
Tansey Bros.Market sq. & St. Patrick stMotor EngineersCastlerea
Tansey DanielGreen streetBakersBoyle
Tansey Jas.The SquareCycle AgentsCastlerea
Tansey MartinBridge streetPublicansBoyle
Tarpey AustinThe CrescentPeace CommissionersBoyle
Taylor J. S.The GarageMotor EngineersBoyle
Taylor S. B.Bridge streetJewellerBoyle
The Cinema-CinemaCastlerea
Tiernan ThomasSt. Patrick's St.DrapersBoyle
Tiernan Thos.St. Patrick's St.PublicansBoyle
Towey PatkMain StreetChina & Glass DealersCastlerea
Tuite MaudeElphin streetPublicansBoyle
Tully J. & SonsMain StreetPainters & DecoratorsCastlerea
Tully M., Mrs.*-HotelsBoyle
Tuohy Patk.Main StreetGrocers & Spirit DealersCastlerea
Turran T.St. Patrick's St.GrocersBoyle
Ulster Bank LtdSt. Patrick's St.BanksCastlerea
Wagner Ven. ArchdeaconThe RectoryReligious DenominationsBoyle
Ward M. **Green streetHotelsBoyle
White Wm.The CrescentVeterinary SurgeonsBoyle
Wilson Mrs.Main StreetConfectionersCastlerea
Winston Mtn.Main StreetDrapersCastlerea
Wynne JamesSt. Patrick's St.GrocersBoyle
Wynne Wm.Jail streetStationersBoyle

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.