Eddie shuts up his shop after 11 years
Published 23/02/2016 | 00:00
Galbally Stores is closing down following 11 years of service to the village and a three-mile mainly agricultural hinterland tucked in between Adamstown, Glynn, Ballyhogue and Bree.
Eddie Cullen, who is a native of Park, Wexford and now lives in Killurin said that he would have kept the village shop open for longer but the steady drift of people from the area to Aldi and Lidl have taken their toll.
'There has been a steady decline in sales over the past few years and the shop is no longer viable in its present form,' he said.
Local residents expressed shock at the closure with some saying it is another symptom of rural decline and a county abandoned by politicians and left to become a low-wage farming area.
Eddie Cullen leased Galbally stores from its owners Pat and Kathleen Ryan whose pub next door to the shop is run by their son-in law Ciarán Corish. The pub is now regarded as the village's only remaining social outlet for the immediate area. Traditional musicians and singers gather there once a month where their 'fear an tigh' is the well-known seanchai Nick Dempsey.
Galbally village features St. John the Baptist church, a national school, a sports and social club , a priest's house, the Brambles estate of 12 houses, four or five other houses around the village, and the pub. Eddie Cullen is known to wholesalers, distributors and retailers all across the south east. For many years he worked with Paddy Lyons' shoe shop on Wexford's main street. He later became area-manager with the Wigoder chain for the south-east region. Eddie, a several times cross-country champion is a member of the board of management of Wexford Youths FC, liaison officer and club shop-keeper and he is official photographer with the WY women's team which won the Continental Tyres national league.