Some of my very earliest memories are of visiting Mary Cronin’s shop clambering to have a look over the counter, as we got the Cork Examiner, big bags of flour and other bits and pieces. It seemed that Mary was sitting patiently there forever, … for well before my time anyhow. Her gentle smile seemed everpresent, and the shop like a gateway into the past(, and not forgetting her able assistant Pat Joe Kelleher either). But all good things come to an end and the shop was closed in 2004, and Mary herself passed away in February 2014.
A few weeks ago, a for sale sign appeared over the shop and it featured on the Irish Examiner with some nice photos of the shop, which remains as it was when it was still in use and still evokes the memories.
The house/shop is being marketed as a starter home, with a market price of €60,000, but one one word of note to a prospective buyer (and I would hope the auctioneers pass on the information) is that that Cork County Council have a listed the shop and the frontage as a protected structure. (see the Cork County Council Record of Protected Structures from 2009)
[added on 24th Sept (mdc): Dick Pomeroy & Co. Auctioneers & Valuers who are handling the sale have let us know in the comments below it is included with full details in their promotional literature. The full list of their Lots for Sale is on daft.ie].
The article on the Irish Examiner can be read here. Photos below are from the article in the Irish Examiner.