Changing face of Tipperary villages

The demise of the village shop

Changing face of Tipperary villages

A Tipperary village in the 1960s

With shops no longer open for business in the parish of Lattin Cullen, residents are forced to travel to adjoining villages in Emly, Monard, Oola or Tipperary Town to purchase the most basic items, such as bread, milk and newspapers. 

 

Not so long ago, Kilross, Mount Bruis, Shronell, Lattin and Cullen all had shops, but smaller places, such as Longstone, Ballinard and Glenabane also had grocery businesses. 

At Ballinard Cross, Billy Hayes had a post-office and shop, which also sold coal and turf and provided a car-hire service and bicycle repairs. 

Down the road at the creamery, Ned O’Dwyer also sold groceries and general provisions, including meal and hardware. This business was later run by Paddy Ryan Den. 

In nearby Glenbane, Healy’s Post-Office also sold sweets, biscuits and Geary’s cakes. A short distance away in the same townland, Mrs O’Dwyer was selling groceries, cigarettes and tobacco in a shop that would later become Richard Noonans. 

In Longstone, Nell and Bridie Ryan Junior had a public house, which also sold groceries and sweets. Cullen had four grocery shops run by John Joe English, Donie English, Sean Quinlan and Nonie Kelly. How times have changed.