1931 Trade Directory, Co. Sligo

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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Adamson & AdamsonHigh streetChemists & DruggistsSligo Town
Anderson's *The MallHospitalsSligo Town
Argue & PhibbsTeeling streetSolicitorsSligo Town
Argue Wm. H., N.P.Teeling streetSolicitorsSligo Town
Armstrong G. F.Teeling streetSolicitorsSligo Town
Atlantic Hotel SandhillHotelsSligo Town
Ballymote Co-Operative Ltd.BallymoteCreameryBallymote
Barlow P.Market streetEgg MerchantsBallymote
Barlow P.Market streetGrocers & Spirit MerchantsBallymote
Bates George & SonsThe QuayFruiterersSligo Town
Begley K. F., Mrs.Teeling streetGrocers & Spirit MerchantsBallymote
Begley K. F., Mrs.Teeling streetWine & Spirit MerchantsBallymote
Bellew BrothersGrattan streetGrocers, Tea, Wine & Spirit MerchtsSligo Town
Bellew BrothersGrattan streetProvision MerchantsSligo Town
Benson JohnMarket streetDrapersBallymote
Bergin BrothersPound streetConfectionersSligo Town
Berreen MaryO'Connell streetGrocers & Spirit MerchantsBallymote
Blackwood & Co.Grattan streetFruiterersSligo Town
Blackwood & Co.Grattan streetGrocers, Tea, Wine & Spirit MerchtsSligo Town
Blackwood & Co.Grattan streetProvision MerchantsSligo Town
Blackwood & Co.Grattan streetSeed & Agric. Implement MerchantsSligo Town
Blackwood's Private HotelStephen streetHotelsSligo Town
Bradbury S.Market streetWireless AccessoriesSligo Town
Bradshaw R. G.The QuayPrintersSligo Town
Brady A.Stephen streetCycle AgentsSligo Town
Brady'sStephen streetMusical Instrument DealersSligo Town
Brien T.Est. Office, Teeling stLand & Estate AgentsSligo Town
Brien Thomas, M.I.A.A.Teeling streetAuctioneers & ValuersSligo Town
Broderick F. J.O'Connell streetDelph, ChinaSligo Town
Broderick F. J.O'Connell streetStationers, Booksellers etcSligo Town
Broderick F. J.O'Connell streetTobacconistsSligo Town
Brown & Co.John streetCoach & Car BuildersSligo Town
Browne O'Donovan & Co.Adelaide streetCoal MerchantsSligo Town
Burke P. J.St. ColmsPhysicians & SurgeonsSligo Town
Burns-Cabinet MakersSligo Town
Burns & Laird Line Ltd.Lynn's PlaceSolicitorsSligo Town
Burns JamesGrattan streetConfectionersSligo Town
Café CairoWine streetCafesSligo Town
Cagney PatrickCastle streetChemists & DruggistsSligo Town
Caheny J.Mail Coach roadGrocers, Tea, Wine & Spirit MerchtsSligo Town
Callanan & Co.Market streetDrapersSligo Town
Campbell-Coal MerchantsSligo Town
Carberry J. J.Clooneen, RathmullenEmigration AgentsBallymote
Carroll & Co.Market streetCutlersSligo Town
Carroll & Co.Market streetDelph, ChinaSligo Town
Carroll & Co., M.I.A.A.Market streetAuctioneers & ValuersSligo Town
Carroll J.Grattan streetConfectionersSligo Town
Carroll J.Grattan streetFruiterersSligo Town
Carroll J.Grattan streetTobacconistsSligo Town
Carroll JohnGrattan streetCarriers & RemoversSligo Town

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.