1931 Trade Directory, Co. Westmeath

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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Acheson J.8 Mardyke stStationersAthlone
Allcocks Ltd.Church stGrocersAthlone
Allen MissHarbour streetDressmakersMullingar
ArcadeGreville streetDrapersMullingar
Athlone Printing Works Co.Ballymahon roadPrinters & PublishersAthlone
Bank of Ireland Ltd.Dominick streetBanksMullingar
Bannon K., Miss22 & 23 O'Connell st.General MerchantsAthlone
Beirne P.Greville streetBoot MerchantsMullingar
Beirne P.Greville streetGrocers & Spirit MerchantsMullingar
Bennett J.Austin Friars streetConfectionersMullingar
Bennett J.Dominick streetBakersMullingar
Bennett J.Patrick streetCoal MerchantsMullingar
Bennett JosephAustin Friars streetGrocers & Spirit MerchantsMullingar
Bigley C.IrishtownPlumbersAthlone
Bigley J.45 Connaught st.ConfectionersAthlone
Blackburn H. J.Main stDrapersMoate
Boushell P.7 Church stStationersAthlone
Boyd T.8 Dublin Gate stGrocersAthlone
Bradley P.Mount streetTailorsMullingar
Brennan B., MissDominick streetConfectionersMullingar
Brett & Co.Greville streetDrapersMullingar
Broderick's5 Connaught stBakers & ConfectionersAthlone
Broder's Hotel & RestaurantGreen BridgeHotelsMullingar
Brooks M.Oliver Plunkett streetDrapersMullingar
Brooks M. K., Mrs.Greville streetDrapersMullingar
Brophill M. B.Dominick streetGrocers & Spirit MerchantsMullingar
Brophill M. B.Dominick streetWine & Spirit MerchantsMullingar
Brophil's Ennel View HotelDominick streetHotelsMullingar
Brown F.9 Custume placeGeneral MerchantsAthlone
Browne D. J.Attends Thursday.DentistMoate
Browne D. J.Custume placeDentistsAthlone
Browne F. & Sons9 Custume placeBoat BuildersAthlone
Burgess T. & Sons, Ltd1 Church stDrapersAthlone
Burgess T. & Sons, Ltd1 Church stFurniture, Timber & Iron MerchantsAthlone
Burke J.Dominick streetWine & Spirit MerchantsMullingar
Burke JeremiahDominick streetGrocers & Spirit MerchantsMullingar
Burke JohnDominick streetGrocers & Spirit MerchantsMullingar
Butler E.4 Castle stGeneral MerchantsAthlone
Butler's HotelKing streetHotelsAthlone
Byrne G.Chapel streetCarrying AgentsAthlone
Byrne J.Dominick streetGrocers & Spirit MerchantsMullingar
Byrne J.Main stCycle AgentsMoate
Byrne JamesEarl streetDrapersMullingar
Byrne P.2 Castle stFurniture, Timber & Iron MerchantsAthlone
Cahill MartinGreville streetVictuallersMullingar
Cahill WilliamGreville streetVictuallersMullingar
Callaghan D.Dominick streetMotor EngineersMullingar
Callaghan DavidRailway rowCycle AgentsMullingar
Canton M. (Reps. Of)Earl streetGrocers & Spirit MerchantsMullingar
Cantwell T., MissMain stBooksellers & StationersMoate

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.