Clonmel landmark signified a past fondly recalled

Clonmel landmark signified a past fondly recalled
A landmark on the eastern edge of Clonmel has been demolished but memories associated with it will stay with local residents, who remember old Cleary’s Shop fondly.

A landmark on the eastern edge of Clonmel has been demolished but memories associated with it will stay with local residents, who remember old Cleary’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 ‘few messages’. 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.

“It was an important shop, a little hub, there’d always be some of the local women having a gossip,” he joked. “It was our stop for gobstoppers and cough-no-mores on the way home from school.”

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.