A landmark on the eastern edge of Clonmel has been demolished but memories associated with it will stay with local residents, who remember old Clearyâ€™s Shop fondly.
The premises on King Street hid a past that once had it at the heart of a community.
It was a focal point for neighbours to meet, catch up on the local news and events of the day, and get the â€˜few messagesâ€™. It signified a time when smaller, local shops were common and thriving enterprises.
Hugh Houlihan, a clerk of works for Clonmel Borough Council, oversaw the recent demolition, and growing up himself on nearby Slievenamon Road, remembered the shop well.
â€œIt was an important shop, a little hub, thereâ€™d always be some of the local women having a gossip,â€ he joked. â€œIt was our stop for gobstoppers and cough-no-mores on the way home from school.â€
The shop, owned by Mary Cleary, closed in the early 80s. Located on a blindspot in the road, the site will remain vacant for now, and the road will be widened to improve visibility, according to Mr. Houlihan.