Shutters come down on well known butcher's shop in Portlaoise

Conor Ganly


Conor Ganly


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Portlaoise butcher shop closes.

The doors have closed on a well-known and popular Laois business has closed after nearly half a century in business.

The last cut of meat at John Kelly & Sons butchers on Main Street was served last Saturday, September 8 by John Kelly.

He followed his late father, also John, into the business that the family had has been in business on Main Street since 1970 having also ran a business for a time on the Borris Road. The Kelly sign is still displayed on the original premises.

John had been in the butcher's trade for some 40 years. His late father passed away in November 2017.

Apart from being a shop, Kelly's was place where customers shared their stories of their lives. Many have said they are sad to see closure arrive. 

The closure marks the end of an era for butchers trade on Main St, Portlaoise - once a thriving shopping area with a number of business selling meat to households around the town.