THE recent fine weather Limerick has been seeing has given traders across the city a boost, according to a William Street shop owner.
Michael Gleeson, proprietor of Michael Gleeson’s shoes in William Street, says his trade has risen by 75% in the last week – with many women seeking to buy sandals.
It comes as a welcome boost, he said, because the two months previous to this has been “disastrous”.
“As soon as the sun started to shine, it got the people out on the streets. You could see from their faces they were much happier, and at least it put it in their heads to buy summer merchandise,” she said.
Michael said that they had been worried about shifting their summer stock - but if this weather continues for another month, all traders in the city will “be out of trouble”. He added: “In the fine weather, it really starts hitting them that their feet are giving them problems as soon as the warm weather comes. So they love the comfort of sandals. The thing with the heatwave is that for the first few days, the ladies are inclined to sit out in their gardens, in case they miss it. We need a month of this – that would take us all out of trouble.”
Chairperson of the Limerick City Business Association Helen O’Donnell is hoping the beautiful weather continues into this Bank Holiday weekend.
“There is a great atmosphere, and a nice buzz about the place. We are only beginning to get started on the painting work we have planned for the city,” she said. “People are in good form and forget their troubles when the weather is like this.”
Helen said her only concern was too many locals disappearing to “Limerick-on-Sea” for the weekend – otherwise known as Kilkee and Lahinch.