Thursday 14 December 2017

End of an era

Hubert Murphy

It's been a poignant few days for two of Drogheda's best known faces as they retired after celebrating almost a century of helping others.

John Carolan has announced that the popular bicycle shop on Trinity Street, opened by his father, PJ, in 1930, is to close.

He has spent 70 years there and spoke last week of the many wonderful people who passed through its doors in that time.

It was even revealed that showband legend Dickie Rock knocked on their door looking for petrol after he ran out on the way home from a gig!

'I'll miss standing at the door and meeting people as they pass by,' John (83) remarked.

Generations of families bought their bikes at the shop, while he said some of their most memorable days was when Donaghy's Mills and Wilson and McBrin operated nearby and people would leave their bikes in for repairs in the mornings and pick them up on the way home.

And after 24 years in the service of Louth County Council, Joe Gallagher has also decided to hang up his gloves.

The familiar face behind the street maintenance machine on West Street and elsewhere, he enjoyed his last day on Thursday and parted with a word of thanks to the general public.

'The one thing I came across were wonderful people, the citizens of Drogheda and the staff I worked with,' he remarked.

Drogheda Independent

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