New Years Eve saw the end of an era in the commercial life of the Cathedral Town when Griffin’s Newsagents in Liberty Square closed it’s doors for the final time.
Five decades after Claremorris native Jackie Griffin established the business in Thurles, the premises is to make way for progress with plans in train to develop a link route to Liberty Square through it.
The Griffin family and their staff members provided a very valuable and personable service to the locality over their duration and this has been reflected by the level of goodwill and fond wishes aimed in their direction over the past few weeks since word of the closure became known. Their premises was regarded as a place to stop and chat whilst doing business and there was always a warm welcome for the customer from all staff.
Members of Thurles Town Council, at the mothly meeting of the Town Council this week, paid tribute to the Griffin establishment, to the late Jackie and Kay, and their family for the manner in which they conducted business in Thurles.
Cllr David Doran raised the issue and was joined by all members in offering his good wishes. Cllr. Evelyn Nevin, who worked in the shop for twenty years, said that it was wonderful establishment and sad to see it close in the name of progress. Cllr Noel Dwyer referred to the late Jackie Griffin as being a great character while Mayor Michael Grogan said the family had been very good to Thurles.