Seamus’s retirement brings shop to end of the clothes line

By Ronan Dodd

By Ronan Dodd

ONE of the country’s oldest family-owned draper’s shop is to close its doors, having traded in the same location since it first opened in 1895.

Seamus Harty came back to Ryan and Harty’s on Kenyon Street in Nenagh in 1985 at the request of his father, Paddy, when his mother’s brother, Jimmy Bourke, decided to retire on health grounds after working for almost 60 years in the shop.

“I was in the business, but I had been on the road, travelling. I came back and have continued here until the present day,” said Seamus.

Ryan and Harty’s was set up by Willie Ryan, Clever, and Michael Harty after they left Fogarty Brothers in the town to establish their own business on what was then Barrack Street.

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