It was with great sadness that people around Tubbercurry learned that Margaret Kennedy is retiring from business and closing her sweet shop in the town.
Generations of children grew up with the shop, not alone in Tubbercurry, but throughout South Sligo where a visit to Kennedy's Sweet Shop was a treat and a joy.
Be it on the way home from school, or attending events in St. Brigid's Hall, the sweets purchased from Margaret always seemed better and tastier than any other shop in the world.
Margaret's mother ran the shop before her when a dish of jelly and ice cream could be purchased for a few pennies.
Only last year a man who got married in France had bags of sweets from Margaret's Shop as a treat for guests.
Highlights of his visits to Tubbercurry included visits to Margaret for sweets.
Margaret knew all her young customers by their first name and probably smiled to herself every so often when she remembered serving sweets to their parents and even grandparents when they were children.
The shop has featured in films and political photo opportunities over the years and it will be sadly missed.
Margaret had a smile for everyone, and she is wished many years of happy retirement.