In his book The King’s County- epitome of its history and topography etc (Birr, 1883), JST George Joyce described Edenderry as “ a neat market town in the parish of Monasteroris”. He also noted that Edenderry was well circumstanced with shops and business premises. Just over a decade later, in 1894 the town of Edenderry had:
15 spirit dealers,
4 car owners,
2 insurance agents,
3 boot makers, one being a leather seller as well.