Jimmy puts paid to ‘gossip’ about Green Rooster’s imminent demise
THE Green Rooster is alive and well according to Jimmy Casey, who has dismissed as ‘gossip’ talk of the famous chip shop’s demise - one of Tralee’s favourite chippers.
News travelled like wild fire in recent days that the shop - which first opened in 1949 - was set to close its doors and that Jimmy was set to take a well-deserved retirement.
But as the famous writer Terry Pratchett said, ‘a lie can run round the world before the truth has even got its boots on’.
“No, there is no truth in it. It’s a rumour that’s been doing the rounds now for the past six weeks or so. I don’t know where it started, or who put it out there, but there is no truth to it,” Jimmy said.
The Green Rooster is looking forward to celebrating 70-years in business in 2019 and people needn’t worry that their favourite food stash is set to be a thing of the past.
“The first I heard of the rumour was when I was out one evening and a friend approached and said: ‘I heard you’re closing’. I said that it was the first I’d heard of it! Loads of people have said it since.
“All through the weekend people are coming into the shop saying, ‘you’re closing down I hear’. It’s amazing how quickly a rumour can grow legs in Tralee.
“But I suppose there is no such thing as bad publicity. I’ve no intention of closing. Not for another good while anyway,” Jimmy said.