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:

StephensonO'Connell streetDrapersSligo Town
Summerhill College-Schools & CollegesSligo Town
Swan H. J.Weston HousePhysicians & SurgeonsSligo Town
Swan Hotel Strand Hill HotelsSligo Town
Tarrant JohnTeeling streetSolicitorsSligo Town
Taylor Richard KerrCastlebaldwinEgg MerchantsBallymote
The Cinema-CinemaBallymote
The Grammar School-Schools & CollegesSligo Town
The High School-Schools & CollegesSligo Town
The Model School-Schools & CollegesSligo Town
The Pavillion-CinemasSligo Town
The Smokers' OwnGrattan streetTobacconistsSligo Town
Tighe J. & E. J.High streetBakersSligo Town
Tighe J. & E. J.High streetConfectionersSligo Town
Tighe J. & E. J.High streetGrocers, Tea, Wine & Spirit MerchtsSligo Town
Tighe T.Main streetWine & Spirit MerchantsBallymote
Togher J.Stephen streetGrocers, Tea, Wine & Spirit MerchtsSligo Town
Toher Thomas P.Stephen streetChemists & DruggistsSligo Town
Tolan W. J.Quay streetCement ImportersSligo Town
Tolan W. J.**Agent**Sugar MerchantsSligo Town
Toner Mrs.Market streetHairdressersSligo Town
Torney Bros., Ltd.The MarketFruiterersSligo Town
Tresnan Thos.Grattan streetBuildersBallymote
Tunny J.Pound streetBootmakersSligo Town
Tyler John & Son Ltd.Castle streetBootmakersSligo Town
Tymon JohnTeeling streetChina & Glass DealersBallymote
Ulster Bank Ltd-BanksBallymote
Ursuline Convent-Schools & CollegesSligo Town
Victoria HotelRosses PointHotelsSligo Town
Victoria Hotel Strand Hill HotelsSligo Town
Wallace & SonsHigh streetBill PostersSligo Town
Wallace & SonsHigh streetCarriers & RemoversSligo Town
Walsh Jos.Church ViewTailorsBallymote
Walsh M.O'Connell streetBootmakerBallymote
Walters J.Holborn streetBootmakersSligo Town
Ward AnnieTeeling streetBooksellersBallymote
Ward AnnieTeeling streetFancy Goods DealersBallymote
Ward Mary, Mrs.Teeling streetStationers & NewsagentsBallymote
Watters J.Holborn streetGrocers, Tea, Wine & Spirit MerchtsSligo Town
Waverly HotelStrand HillHotelsSligo Town
Wehrly BrothersO'Connell streetWatch MakersSligo Town
Wesern Wholesale Co. (sic)Wine st. & Adelaide st.Provision MerchantsSligo Town
Western HotelQuay streetHotelsSligo Town
Western Wholesale Co.Wine st. & Adelaide st.Grocers, Tea, Wine & Spirit MerchtsSligo Town
Whyte B.John streetStationers, Booksellers etcSligo Town
Whyte B.John streetTobacconistsSligo Town
Williams BrothersTeeling streetMotor EngineersSligo Town
Williams KimCastle streetButchersSligo Town
Woods W. A. & A. F.Castle streetBootmakersSligo Town
Woods W. A. & A. F.Castle streetCutlersSligo Town
Woods W. A. & A. F.Castle streetIronmongersSligo Town
Woods W. A. & A. F.Castle streetLeather MerchantsSligo Town
Woods W. A. & A. F.Castle streetMotor EngineersSligo Town
Woods W. A. & A. F., Ltd.Castle streetCycle AgentsSligo Town
Woods W. A. & A. F., Ltd.Castle streetSeed & Agric. Implement MerchtsSligo Town
Woolworth F. W. & Co. Ltd.O'Connell streetFancy Goods StoresSligo Town
Woolworth F. W., & Co. LtdO'Connell streetStationers, Booksellers etcSligo Town
Young's Medical Hall O'Connell streetChemists & DruggistsSligo 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.