Monday 20 November 2017

Dublin's 'rare ould times' finally vanished with Clerys closure

Workers protesting outside Clerys department store last June
Workers protesting outside Clerys department store last June
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I watched the documentary on the closure of Clerys on RTÉ on Monday. To see the pain and upset of the workers, who had spent several decades working there and building up goodwill for the department store, was terribly sad.

Of course, time does not wait for anyone and any business does not have the right to survive.

But it seemed so very unfair that the shutters could have been pulled down and that the staff were thrown out so unceremoniously. You could see that they were traumatised by their experience. No laws were broken; just the hearts and spirits of the workers. But it seems compassion and humanity are scarce commodities in the marketplace and the decency and charm which the store once epitomised have vanished along with Dublin's 'rare ould times'.

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