De­lahunts turn key in the door for the last time af­ter 147 years

Wicklow People - - NEWS - By MYLES BUCHANAN

SV DELAHUNT and Co., the hard­ware store that has been at the heart of Wick­low town for 147 years, ceased trad­ing on Satur­day.

Pro­pri­etors Syl Delahunt and his wife Grace marked the day with a special event cel­e­brat­ing the his­tory of the store, its em­ploy­ees, cus­tomers and sup­pli­ers.

Syl’s great grand­fa­ther, Thomas Delahunt, opened a bar and gro­cery in 1870 on Wick­low’s Main Street, where The Mariner pub­lic house is now lo­cated. His son, Sylvester, moved the busi­ness to its cur­rent lo­ca­tion at Abbey Hill in 1907.

In the 1950s, the next gen­er­a­tion took the helm. Tom Delahunt, ably as­sisted by Store Man­ager Pat Dunne, ex­panded the busi­ness, adding a bot­tling fa­cil­ity and builders providers.

In the late 1970s, Syl, the fourth gen­er­a­tion, be­gan work­ing in the busi­ness, and has been a main­stay of the re­tail com­mu­nity for al­most 40 years .

Speak­ing at the event in the store on Satur­day, Syl Delahunt said: ‘As the proud fourth gen­er­a­tion son of this won­der­ful busi­ness, it has been a very tough de­ci­sion to cease trad­ing. We have been blessed to have had an abun­dance of the hard­est work­ing peo­ple in Wick­low and I wish to ex­tend a sin­cere and gen­uine “thank you” to each and ev­ery one of our em­ploy­ees for be­ing part of our ex­tended fam­ily through the years.

‘To our loyal cus­tomers – we can­not thank you enough. Our mis­sion was al­ways to serve the peo­ple of Wick­low in a pro­fes­sional, cour­te­ous and friendly man­ner, and it has been my priv­i­lege to have been a part of that tra­di­tion. I would also like to thank our won­der­ful sup­pli­ers, many of them lo­cal fam­ily busi­nesses. We have re­ally en­joyed do­ing busi­ness with you.’

Many lo­cal busi­ness peo­ple, cus­tomers and for­mer em­ploy­ees joined Syl, Grace and their fam­ily to of­fi­cially mark the clos­ing of the store.

The hard­ware store’s Face­book page has also been in­un­dated with good wishes from those sad to see this land­mark Wick­low busi­ness close its doors.

ABOVE AND RIGHT: A se­lec­tion of images and cut­tings of De­lahunts down through the years.

Maeve, Grace, Sylvester and Susie Delahunt out­side the store on its last day of trad­ing last Satur­day.

Mary Jame­son, Grace and Sylvester Delahunt, Pauline Mur­phy, Ailish Carty and Ann O’Rourke.

Louise Gil­more, Susie Cantwell and Emma Keyes.

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