1931 Trade Directory, Co. Waterford

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 Wm.Main streetGrocersCappoquin
Barnsfield M.O'Connell streetSpirit DealersDungarvan
Barron J.O'Connell streetTobacconistsDungarvan
Barron J. J.Harrington's HotelSpirit DealersCappoquin
Barron J. J.*Main streetHotelsCappoquin
Barron John J.The SquareBakerCappoquin
Barron John J.The SquareGrocersCappoquin
Barry B., Mrs.Mary streetSpirit DealersDungarvan
Barry T.St. Mary St.Spirit DealersDungarvan
Bateman MichaelMain streetBakerCappoquin
Begley J.O'Connell streetBoot MakersDungarvan
Black Valley Co-Op**Black ValleyGrocersCappoquin
Bolger PierceMain streetSpirit DealersCappoquin
Bowen R. E.Church streetDentistDungarvan
Bowman S.Mary streetWatchmakers & JewellersDungarvan
Boyle H., MissO'Connell streetBooksellers & StationersDungarvan
Brennan EllenMain streetGrocersCappoquin
Brennock JamesMain streetVictuallersCappoquin
Brennock M.Grattan squareVictuallersDungarvan
Browne P.Mary streetCycle AgentsDungarvan
Buchanan B.Mary streetHairdressersDungarvan
Buchanan P.O'Connell streetHairdressersDungarvan
Burke J.Mitchell streetPaintersDungarvan
Burke P.Emmett streetMotor Engineers & GaragesDungarvan
Burke WilliamThomas TerracePaintersDungarvan
Butler E.AbbeysidePlasterersDungarvan
Butler T.Quay streetPlasterersDungarvan
Byrne P. F.AbbeysideBoot MakersDungarvan
Byrne R.Mary streetVeterinary SurgeonsDungarvan
Cahill P.Main streetTailorsCappoquin
Cahill P. F.Grattan squareBooksellers & StationersDungarvan
Casey & Co.Main streetGrocersDungarvan
Casey M. J. & SonParnell streetBakersDungarvan
Clancey T. & SonParnell streetWine MerchantsDungarvan
Clancy J.O'Connell streetGrocersDungarvan
Cleary M.Grattan squareSpirit DealersDungarvan
Cleary M.Grattan squareWine MerchantsDungarvan
Cliffe J.Main streetCoal MerchantsCappoquin
Cliffe J., Mrs.Main streetGreen GrocersCappoquin
Colleen Candy Co.Parnell streetSweet ManufacturersDungarvan
Collender PatrickCastle streetSpirit DealersCappoquin
Collender R. J.Main streetChina DealersCappoquin
Collender R. J.Main streetGrocersCappoquin
Condon L.AbbeysideSpirit DealersDungarvan
Condon MauriceO'Connell streetGrocersDungarvan
Connolly Mrs.O'Connell streetSpirit DealersDungarvan
Connors NicholasO'Connell streetSmithsDungarvan
Connors P.AbbeysideSpirit DealersDungarvan
Connors ThomasMitchell streetSmithsDungarvan
Conway J. V.Main streetSpirit DealersCappoquin

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.