Jimmy puts paid to ‘gos­sip’ about Green Rooster’s im­mi­nent demise

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - NEWS - By STEPHEN FERNANE

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.

Jimmy Casey

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