The Mayor of Ballyshannon has called on people to shop local in the wake of the announcement of the town’s oldest business.
Cllr. John Meehan was speaking after the shock announcement that the well known Gallogley’s Jeweller’s in the centre of the town was closing its doors after 163 years trading.
He told the Donegal Democrat, “ To be perfectly honest this was only brought to my attention this afternoon and I am both saddened and shocked. I grew up beside the family and have always regarded this business as part and parcel of the town - it was a timeless institution.
“It has been there all my lifetime and long before and I would hope that some entrepreneur will see the massive potential of this iconic building.
“Many people are talking about the improvement in the economy but regrettably this is totally confined to the Dublin area - we are not seeing this in rural Ireland.
“Another contributing factor is the fact that many people are now shopping online which is putting many local businesses under threat.
“I would strongly ask people to shop local this Christmas where at all possible. This is the only way we can prevent further closures.”
The iconic building with it’s landmark clock tower is without a doubt the most impressive building in the historic town and the ideal location for a jeweller’s shop.
The business has been run by Reggie and Mary Gallogley who have always provided quality service and products with a personal touch for many years.
Reggie and Mary are both sentimental about the closure but proud of the contribution they have made to the town.
Reggie commented, “This is another business gone out of the town, but watch making is gone as a trade. The digital era has replaced the traditional watch .There has been plenty of talk about the end of the recession, but I see no sign of it here - I hope I am wrong but I have my doubts. I can’t see it happening in my time.”