The original source for this website was the Dublin Music Trade Card Index compiled by Brian Boydell. This card index can be viewed here.

A comprehensive list of all the additional sources referenced on can be found here.

Cautionary Notes
  • All general references to the Dublin Directories originate from Brian Boydell's research notes and warrant further investigation. It is important to note that the first and last dates given in the Dublin Directories for any particular person/business are the dates of publication of the Directory, which may not necessarily be the actual dates the business commenced or ceased.
  • Music traders often described themselves as instrument makers when they didn't actually make those instruments, but purchased them and added their own name or maker's stamp (sometimes without the permission of the actual maker).
  • Some Dublin street numbers changed over the course of the nineteenth century and may not correspond to present-day street numbers.