Bobby Coady, a butcher from Ballytruckle in Co. Waterford, has closed the doors of his premises for one last time, after 34 years of trading.
The Butcher first began his career back in February 1985 but has taken the step to close ‘Bobby’s Butchers’ as it is no longer viable for him to continue. He admitted the decision to close the shop where he has been based since 1989 was one taken by his family with a very ‘heavy heart’.
“Having given our all over the last year and doing a lot of soul searching, we have finally concluded that it is no longer viable for us to keep our doors open,” Bobby said.
The shop in Ballytruckle traded for one final day on Saturday February 2nd, before closing its doors for the last time at 6pm. The butcher took time to thank the loyal customers, colleagues, friends and people of Ballytruckle who have supported them over the past 34 years and says their support will never be forgotten.
“There are so many people we need to thank, our friends and neighbours, the people of Ballytruckle, dear friends and neighbours who have gone to their reward, their wonderful families.” The Coady family posted on Bobby’s Butchers Facebook page.
“Our colleagues and suppliers who we have dealt with over the years and who are not only business colleagues but have become lifelong friends, their help and support throughout the years will never be forgotten…Without you, we would not have made it through the last 34 years. We will miss you all and our gratitude cannot be measured."
The butcher and his family then asked for one final favour, urging the people of Waterford and the Irish public to support local Irish businesses.
“One thing we would ask is that you support your local butcher, whoever or wherever they may be.” They urged.
“Support your local artisan, be it butcher, baker, greengrocer, fishmonger, florist, book shop, shoe shop, boutique or pharmacy. They are our community and without them, community as we know it will be lost. These people are the very heart of every community, let's not lose that.”
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