Reports from the post office in Letterkenny has pointed to a serious decline in the number of cards that are being posted by romantics throughout the county leading to the assumption that perhaps Cupid is carrying out the majority of his work in cyberspace!
Liam McConalogue, who has been a postal worker in Letterkenny for the past 30 years, said that the number of cards being sent through the central town office has declined by 50 per cent in the last three decades.
“The amount of cards that we receive are nowhere as high as they used to be. We used to be very busy for Saint Valentine’s Day. It was a huge event. Perhaps people are sending more texts and e-mails than they used to. From a card point of view, St. Valentine’s Day seems to be dying. The number of cards that are being sent now are down 50 per cent on what they used to be,” he said.
However, in other areas of romance in the county, it is the younger generation who seem to be following the path of true love. In Britton Jewellers, Donegal Town, students have been busy purchasing their small gifts of love.
“We were busy ahead of Valentine’s Day. We do little tokens in silver and these seem to be very popular with a lot of students. The love heart is as popular as ever. We are mostly seeing younger people and students which shows that romance is still very much alive,” Carol McGuinness said. Elsewhere ,in Aanee,s Flower shop in Letterkenny, there is a great atmosphere of excitment as they personally create their lovely presentations of flowers.
“Some of the men who are coming in are very romantic and they are asking for two dozen red roses which is very traditional. Other men are asking for a bunch of white roses which is lovely too. The young people are very romantic, so are some of the older ones,” the proprietor of the shop, Dorothy Margey said.
She added that on many occasions men come in to buy flowers for their loved ones when they have been bold or have done something wrong.
“The recession isn’t really affecting romance. Men know that if they do not bring a lovely bunch of flowers to their women on Valentine’s Day that they are in big trouble. We have a lot of teddies and Valentine goodies in this shop and when someone orders flowers we make them up ourselves, there is nothing like the personal touch,” she said.
Meanwhile, in the Lily Garden florists in Dungloe, the Rosses men were slow to start ahead of the big day.
“It is not as busy as it was last year despite the fact that the prices are now lower. We do teddy bears and all kinds of different things for Valentine’s day. More people are asking for Teddy Bears than anything else. Perhaps if the girls give them the cold shoulder they will have something to cuddle into,” Michael Boyle said.