Newbridge Mayor, Mick Deely cut the ribbon at the official launch of Roseberry Stores, which passed from one generation to another, last Thursday.
For the past 25 years, Sheila and Ollie Delaney, have dutifully served the people of Newbridge with a warm smile and welcome. Affectionately known in the local community as, “Sheila’s Shop”, it was a popular meeting place and sweet shop, that also served students from Newbridge College. On Thursday last, Sheila and Ollie handed over the keys to the Sheridan family from nearby Ailesbury Park, who will now manage the shop into the future.
A large crowd was in attendance to wish Sheila and Ollie a happy retirement and welcome the new owners to the store. The building was the original Sarsfields Clubhouse, which was bought by Jack Tierney and converted into two shop units in the mid 80’s. Sheila Delaney took over the running of the shop from her brother Pat “pop” White, a well know Moorefield footballer in 1989. “ I got some slagging from the locals when I started first,” said Sheila, who grew up in the Moorefield stronghold of Pairc Mhuire. “The people were very good to me and I will miss them very much. I loved every bit of the job especially watching the children and teenagers, who were the bulk of my custom, growing up with kids of their own”.
- Paula Campbell