1931 Trade Directory, Co. Tipperary

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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Aherne J.Church streetGrocersCahir
Ashmore J. A.LowergateMotor MechanicsCashel
Barrago Jer.Main streetMotor MechanicsCashel
Barry Charles M.John streetSolicitorsCashel
Bates E. E.Abbey streetUpholstererCahir
Bohermore HouseLadyswell streetHotelsCashel
Boles MargaretThe SquareGrocersCahir
Boles R. F.The SquareGrocersCahir
Boushel EdmondChurch streetBoot MakersCahir
Boushel EdmondChurch streetBoot WarehousesCahir
Bowe MissBridge streetHardware MerchantsCahir
Bradshaw Q.Castle streetGrocersCahir
Buckley JamesMarket streetBuilders & ContractorsCahir
Buckley M.Main streetGrocers & Spirit DealersCashel
Burke BrothersChurch streetBoot WarehousesCahir
Burke BrothersMain streetPaintersCashel
Burke J. F.The SquareGrocersCahir
Burke J. F.The SquareUndertakersCahir
Burke Michael J.Church streetVictuallersCahir
Burke Mrs.Main streetChina & Glass DealersCashel
Burke N.Church streetGrocersCahir
Burke NoraChurch streetCorn & Flour MerchantsCahir
Burke S. & Co.The SquareChina & Glass DealersCahir
Burke S. & Co.The SquareHardware MerchantsCahir
Burke Samuel & Co.The SquareIronmongersCahir
Burke's HotelThe SquareHotelsCahir
Butler DavidBarrack streetGrocersCahir
Butler DavidBarrack streetVintnersCahir
Butler P.Castle streetVictuallersCahir
Cahill J.Bank placeVictuallersCashel
Cahill P.Friar streetGrocers & Spirit DealersCashel
Cahir House Hotel-HotelsCahir
Cahir Medical HallThe SquareChemistsCahir
Cantwell B.Main streetCorn DealersCashel
Cantwell B.Main streetGrocers & Spirit DealersCashel
Carew J. T.The SquareChina & Glass DealersCahir
Carew J. T.The SquareShipping AgentsCahir
Carew J. T.The SquareTobacconistsCahir
Carew J. T.The SquareUndertakersCahir
Carew John ThomasThe SquareConfectionersCahir
Carew T.Main streetGrocers & Spirit DealersCashel
Carroll M. C.LowergateGrocers & Spirit DealersCashel
Casey EllenBarrack streetCorn & Flour MerchantsCahir
Casey P.Bridge streetGrocersCahir
Clarke & Co.Castle streetDrapersCahir
Clarke P.Castle streetShipping AgentsCahir
Cleary JohnBarrack streetCorn & Flour MerchantsCahir
Cleary John, Mrs.Old Church streetCorn & Flour MerchantsCahir
Clifford A.Main streetGrocers & Spirit DealersCashel
Coman E.Main streetGrocers & Spirit DealersCashel

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.