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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The Bridge GarageDungarvanMotor Engineers & GaragesDungarvan
The Electric Light Co. Ltd.Castle streetElectricityDungarvan
The Shandon Dairy Co.ShandonDairiesDungarvan
Tobin E.Parnell streetSpirit DealersDungarvan
Tobin JohnO'Connell streetBakersDungarvan
Toole Kate, Mrs.O'Connell streetRestaurantsDungarvan
Tracey & DunneMain streetConfectionersCappoquin
Treacey & DunneMain streetGrocersCappoquin
Treacey & DunneMain streetTobacconistsCappoquin
Treacy & DunneMain streetNewagents & StationersCappoquin
Tully MarySt. Mary St.GrocersDungarvan
Vaughan EllenCook streetChina DealersCappoquin
Vaughan EllenCook streetGrocersCappoquin
Wall AnnieMain streetSpirit DealersCappoquin
Wall J., MissMary streetDrapersDungarvan
Wall JohnO'Connell streetGrocersDungarvan
Wall P.O'Connell streetSpirit DealersDungarvan
Wall WilliamO'Connell streetCycle AgentsDungarvan
Walsh & Kirwan, MessrsStephen streetIron FoundryDungarvan
Walsh A.SquareTobacconistsDungarvan
Walsh AidenMill streetSpirit DealersCappoquin
Walsh D. (Commercial Garage)Bridge streetMotor Engineers & GaragesDungarvan
Walsh JohnThe QuayGrocersDungarvan
Walsh JohnThe QuaySpirit DealersDungarvan
Walsh M.Parnell streetSpirit DealersDungarvan
Walsh M. & SonsMain streetTobacco ManufacturersDungarvan
Walsh M. & SonsMain streetTobacconistsDungarvan
Walsh M. F.Main streetInsurance AgentCappoquin
Walsh M. F., M.I.A.A.Main streetAuctioneerCappoquin
Walsh M. F., M.I.A.A.Main streetShipping AgentCappoquin
Walsh M. J.SquareTobacconistsDungarvan
Walsh P.Barrack streetIronmongers & Hardware MerchantsCappoquin
Walsh PatrickMain streetUndertakersCappoquin
Walsh WilliamMain streetSpirit DealersCappoquin
Walsh WilliamThe SquareHairdresserCappoquin
Walsh's Family *-HotelsCappoquin
Walsh's HotelMain streetMotors for HireCappoquin
Watson GeorgeMain streetConfectionersCappoquin
Whelan J.Emmett streetSmithsDungarvan
White William, Dr.DerriheenPhysician & SurgeonCappoquin
Williams John F.Parnell streetSolicitorsDungarvan
Williams K. & Co., Ltd.Parnell streetBakersDungarvan
Williams K. & Co., Ltd.Parnell streetCoal MerchantsDungarvan
Williams K. & Co., Ltd.Parnell streetMillersDungarvan

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.