Wednesday 16 October 2019

End of an era as French’s closes on North Street

Ray French photographed at his pharmacy, established in 1912, which will close on Saturday as he moves to McCauley’s
Ray French photographed at his pharmacy, established in 1912, which will close on Saturday as he moves to McCauley’s
Rita Dunphy, Martha Ryan, Ray French, Annette Heffernan, Kevin O’Connell and Gráinne Burke in French’s Pharmacy

David Looby

A new chapter has opened in the life of French's Pharmacy in New Ross as it amalgamates with McCauley's chemists' new premises.

On November 5, 1912 French's chemists was founded by Andrew and Winfred French, whose grandson Ray currently runs the business at 13 North Street.

Andrew and Winfred managed to stay open through two world wars, an uprising, a civil war and various booms and busts.

Ray said: 'In the early 1940s my late father Hugo qualified and took over managing the business. He remained up to the late 80s. In the early 70s I qualified, returned home and we formed a limited company. This company, the McCauley Group, have now acquired French's.'

Ray said: 'It is with a mixture of regret and anticipation that it befalls me to close the premises on North Street. Regret as it served as a home and business to the French family for one hundred and seven years. Anticipation that the business element of French's Pharmacy will be amalgamated into the brand new McCauley Pharmacy on 4 South Street which opened on Monday.'

This Monday will see all French's staff: Kevin, Annette, Martha, Rita, Grainne, Shauna and Ray transfer to the McCauley Pharmacy.

'The girls, Kevin and I sincerely thank our customers for their friendship, loyalty and support; some of whom have stuck with us for three generations. Those who have provided us over the years with tea, bracks, buns, tarts, jams, vegetables, alcohol, prayers and Novenas. We really appreciate your kindness. We appreciate change is now always welcome, but hope to see you all again in 4 South Street where, with better services and facilities, we will continue to serve your health needs.'

Finally Ray thanked the girls Annette, Martha, Rita and Grainne for their support. 'They have contributed in no small measure to the success of French's Pharmacy.' Ray said the list of items dispensed for customers at French's Pharmacy can be transferred to the new McCauley Pharmacy at 4 South Street, adding that people can sign a prescription transfer consent form at French's up until this Saturday.

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