Shock as family business closes its doors

Buckley's supermarket which has closed after 40 years on Cashel's Main Street.
A family tradition spanning three generations came to end in Cashel, last week, with the closure of Buckley’s supermarket, on Main Street.

A family tradition spanning three generations came to end in Cashel, last week, with the closure of Buckley’s supermarket, on Main Street.

A feature of the town centre since the 1970s, Buckley’s Spar was in recent years run by Michelle O’Meara and her husband Eddie.

Michelle is the third generation of the family in business on Main Street. She is the daughter of Mickey Buckley, who is now in his late 70s. He opened the supermarket on the site four decades ago. The shop was directly across the street from where his own mother, ‘Ma’ Buckley and her husband Tim ran a business for many years before that.

One local described ‘Ma’ Buckley’s as being “to a couple of generations of Cashel people the only place you could get a sandwich and bottle of milk and a bun” and was where people coming from the ‘County Ballroom’ (now Halla na Feile) would go for late night snacks as it was open ‘nearly 24 hours a day.’ It is remembered with much fondness.

The closure of Buckley’s Spar came as a complete surprise to locals last week. It was described as being ‘the first supermarket in the town’ and served local people for many years before the arrival of international grocery brands Tesco and Lidl.

Chairman of Cashel Chamber of Commerce, Sean Laffey, said the closure proved that another multinational trader like Aldi coming to the town would be a mistake .

Mr Laffey sent his best wishes to the Buckley Family for the future, and thanked them for their service to the town: “We’d like to wish the family well and thank them for four decades of trading,” he said.

The ending of the Aircoach bus stop at the north end of Main Street is also said to have impacted on businesses at that end of the town.