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:

Saunders J.Mount streetHairdressersMullingar
Seery P. J.Earl streetDrapersMullingar
Sexton JosephSt. Loman's terraceBuilders & ContractorsMullingar
Shanahan M.IrishtownMotor Engineers & Motor GaragesAthlone
Shannon Cinema-CinemasAthlone
Shaw & Co.Earl streetIronmongersMullingar
Shaw & Co.Greville streetWatchmakers & JewellersMullingar
Shaw J. & Brothers Ltd.Earl streetDrapersMullingar
Shaw Joseph & SonEarl streetGrocers & Spirit MerchantsMullingar
Shaw Joseph A.Bishopsgate streetSolicitorsMullingar
Shaw P. W., & Co.Earl streetCoal MerchantsMullingar
Shaw PhilipEarl streetBooksellers & StationersMullingar
Shaw PhilipEarl streetFancy Ware DealersMullingar
Shaw PhilipEarl streetPhotographersMullingar
Shell Mex (Dublin) Ltd.Ballymahon roadOil & Petroleum Product DistributorsAthlone
Shine T.20 Connaught stGeneral MerchantsAthlone
Smyth M., M.R.C.V.S.Earl streetVeterinary SurgeonsMullingar
Spencer Mrs.21 Church stGreen GrocersAthlone
St. Finian's College-AcademyMullingar
St. Gabriel's LaundryAthloneLaundryAthlone
Stanley A. J., M.D.St. Mary's terracePhysicians & SurgeonsMullingar
Stanley E. E.7 Custume placeBoot MerchantsAthlone
Stenson WilliamCastle streetCycle AgentsMullingar
Stewart Stores18 Mardyke stGrocersAthlone
Stone MaryMain stConfectionersMoate
Stone MaryMain stGrocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMoate
Sutton's Ltd.Grove streetCoal MerchantsMullingar
Sweeney J.1 Castlemain stGeneral MerchantsAthlone
Sweeney J.21 Mardyke stGrocersAthlone
Sweeney J. P.25 Mardyke st.DentistsAthlone
Taylor J. J. (Prop: Central H.)Greville streetHotelsMullingar
Temple5 Main stDrapersAthlone
Texas Co. (of Ireland) Ltd.BellaughOil & Petroleum Product DistributorsAthlone
The Athlone Woolen Mills LtdNorthgate streetWoolen ManufacturersAthlone
The Grand HotelNorthgate streetHotelsAthlone
The National CinemaDominick streetCinemaMullingar
The Singer Sewing Manufacturing Co.Earl streetSewing MachineManufacturersMullingar
Tiernan T.Main stNewsagentsMoate
Tiernan T.Main stTobacconistsMoate
Tiernan ThomasMain stBooksellers & StationersMoate
Tiernan* T.Main stGrocers, Wine & Spirit MerchantsMoate
Tighe J.16 Connaught stConfectionersAthlone
Toner Joseph3 Bridge stTurf AccountantAthlone
Ulster Bank LtdMain stBanksMoate
Ulster Bank Ltd.Greville streetBanksMullingar
Victory J.Earl streetGrocers & Spirit MerchantsMullingar
Walker see Kelly &14 King stSolicitorsAthlone
Wallace Bros.Southern StationCoal MerchantsAthlone
Wallace J. E.Dominick streetState SolicitorMullingar
Walsh Miss23 Connaught stStationersAthlone
Walsh MissesAustin Friars streetDressmakersMullingar
Walsh Mrs.Dominick streetGrocers & Spirit MerchantsMullingar
Walsh W.21 Connaught stGeneral MerchantsAthlone
Walsh W.64 Connaught stGeneral MerchantsAthlone
Walsh's HotelDominick streetHotelsMullingar
Ward P. & SonThe StrandBoat BuildersAthlone
Watson P.17 O'Connell stGeneral MerchantsAthlone
Weir H., M.P.S.I.Earl streetChemists & DruggistsMullingar
Westmeath ExaminerDominick streetNewspapersMullingar
Wheeler L., MissGreville streetRestaurantsMullingar
Wheeler S., MissGreville streetConfectionersMullingar
Whelehan's Medical HallEarl streetChemists & DruggistsMullingar
Whitelaw J.Greville streetDrapersMullingar
Whitelaw J.Greville streetGrocers & Spirit MerchantsMullingar
Wickham J.Mount streetTailorsMullingar
Williams D. E. Ltd.1 Castle stGeneral MerchantsAthlone
Winters & Coffey3 Castle stDrapersAthlone
Yates F.10 Church stGeneral MerchantsAthlone
Yorke J. K.Main stChemistMoate
Yorke J. K.Main stDye ManufacturerMoate

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.