Monday 19 February 2018

Pharmacy to put Ted's barber's pole on show

Johnnie McGoey with the barber's pole
Johnnie McGoey with the barber's pole

Hubert Murphy

AN ARDEE pharmacist is intent on displaying a little bit of Ardee's past in his shop, after a remarkable find.

Johnnie McGoey of McGoey's Pharmacy was delighted to be presented with an original barber's red and white pole.

Although not in the hair-cutting business, Johnnie has promised to display the item in his shop in memory of Ted Murray, a Corkman who operated his hairdressing business just where McGoey's is now.

He cut hair for decades and was a great face around town, enjoying the fun in the then Brophy's Hotel (Ferdia Arms).

When Dermot O'Brien took it over in September 1980, he might have wondered would life be the same, but in a cruel twist of fate, he passed away within days.

When the road was re-aligned, McGoey's took over the area where the barber's shop stood. Last week, the chairman of the Ardee Historical Society John Rafferty presented Johnnie with the original barber's pole which was displayed outside Ted's shop and which he just came across.

'It's part of our history and I was delighted to give it to Johnnie,' he stated.

Drogheda Independent

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