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‘There’s a lot wrong with O’Connell Street – I hope Clerys’ return changes that,’ says former worker ahead of reopening of iconic Dublin department store

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'Around 5pm on a Friday in June 2015, a loud message came over the tannoy that the store was to close,' recalls former Clerys worker Gerry Markey. Photo: Mark Condren

'Around 5pm on a Friday in June 2015, a loud message came over the tannoy that the store was to close,' recalls former Clerys worker Gerry Markey. Photo: Mark Condren

'Around 5pm on a Friday in June 2015, a loud message came over the tannoy that the store was to close,' recalls former Clerys worker Gerry Markey. Photo: Mark Condren

Gerry Markey’s heart sinks when he passes what he calls the jewel in the crown of O’Connell Street on the Luas on his way home from work.

Memories flood back of his days working in the stylish building that once housed Clerys department store with its large, bright window displays and famous art deco clock.


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