Sunday 18 March 2018

Shop and deli closes its doors on 'Feehily's corner'

Feehily's Corner Shop
Feehily's Corner Shop

TO MANY, it was known as Feehily's corner.

Now, the 62-year-old corner shop and deli on The Mall has closed, another victim of recession.

About 30 years ago, there were six small shops on The Mall.

Before construction of the Inner relief Road and the introduction of a one-way traffic system, the Mall was the main route for many people visiting Sligo General Hospital.

The passing business kept many of those shops in business.

In more recent years, much business came from IT Sligo students.

But many of them have moved to accommodation on the outskirts of town.

Now, with Feehily's closure, there isn't one of those shops left on The Mall.

Feehily's was opened by Jim Feehily in 1951.

His wife, Kathleen, took over the running of the shop in the 1960s.

In the late 1990s, sons Proinsias and Daithi took over. Daithi said: "It was much more than a shop.

"Down the years, it served as a community centre. People came in for a chat."

Meanwhile, Feehily's florists, beside the now closed corner shop, remains open.

And for the time being at least, it will still remain known to many as "Feehily's corner."

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