AFTER four decades in business, a family-run county Limerick shop has closed its door for good.
Mary O’Meara sold her final loaf of bread on New Year’s Eve marking the end of an era in the parish of Bulgaden/Martinstown.
O’Meara’s was the only shop in the parish and the closure of the business also marks the end of postal services from the premises.
“I have 40 years of it nearly done and that’s the only reason I closed. The post office is gone since 2002 – I just had a postal agency,” explained Mary a native of Lattin, County Tipperary who has been living in county Limerick since 1958.
“We were living here and the post office was behind in the lounge in Bulgaden when it was Meade’s and it closed. Then the shop at Malley’s Cross closed. I got the post office on March 26, 1972. We opened the shop about six months after,” she explained.
Loyal customers turned out in their numbers at the shop on New Year’s Eve to mark the last day of trading in the premises. That human interaction or ‘the chat’ is something, Mary says she is already missing.
“I could spend half an hour talking behind in the shop – you would miss that and I had great customers - very loyal customers. But sure we will have to get on with it. Everybody has to give up at some stage. I said I may as well go when I am able to go rather than go when you have to go.”