Bittersweet moment as Christy’s shutters the doors for the last time

by Dublin Gazette
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Tributes have poured in for a beloved shopkeeper in The Liberties, as his shop closed its doors for the final time, last week, on November 30.

Christy’s Hospital Stop Shop, on James Street sold its last bag of penny sweets last Saturday, as owner Christy Egan heads into retirement.

The shop has been in Mary Aikenhead House for decades, selling penny sweets and other important provisions to Liberties locals, and is sure to be missed.

Popular Facebook page, The Liberties Dublin, shared news of Christy’s retirement over the weekend, with many locals flooding the comments with tributes for the Liberties’ stalwart and its loyal owner.

Gillian Dowling said: “Amazing memories on way home from school. Blackjack bar, Touchdown bar, packets of Meanies and 50p-worth of cola bottles on the way. Best days ever. Best wishes to you and family Christy.”

Another local, Betty, said: “Great little shop, remember it well.

“My friend worked in it in the 80s. She used to have her twin babies behind the counter with her! Best of luck in your retirement Christy.”

Tracey Tierney Moorhouse said that Christy is a huge asset to the community, who will be greatly missed.

“Definitely has a lot of memories of times gone by … not only from all the people in James Street but even people from the surrounding areas who used to go to Basin Lane school and pop into Christy’s at lunch or after or before school.

“Christy will always be part of the memories of my school days,” she wrote.

Heather Iland posted pictures on Instagram in dedication to Christy Egan.

“I wonder how many millions of penny jellies he sold,” Heather wrote, alongside a touching series of images of the man himself behind the counter, with a look of pride on his face as he prepared to enjoy his retirement.

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