“Thanks for the memories Top Twenty’

Long-established record store Top Twenty, in Newbridge Shopping Centre, closed its doors last week after 25 years trading in the town.

Long-established record store Top Twenty, in Newbridge Shopping Centre, closed its doors last week after 25 years trading in the town.

The Mayor of Newbridge has described it as a great loss for Newbridge.

“What I remember about Top Twenty is the queues out the door whenever there was big concert on in Dublin,” said Mayor Murty Aspell. “There were queues for Rod Stewart when he played 20 odd years ago and for ACDC. I would have queued for Simon and Garfunkel and The Eagles when they came to Ireland.”

The music store was run by Richard Forde, a resident of Kill, whose brother John ran its sister company, Top Twenty in Naas for 25 years until it closed last May.

“You could never meet a more obliging man than Richard Forde,” added Mayor Aspell. “If he could help you out in anyway with concert tickets he would. It is a huge loss to Newbrige and I wish Richard well in whatever he decides to do.”

Cllr Micheal ‘Spike’ Nolan recalled his first purchase from Top Twenty back in 1987.

“It was U2’s The Joshua Tree,” he said. “It is with great sadness that it’s all gone online nowadays. Instead of going out to buy a CD people now just download, but the personal touch is missing. I am very sorry to see Top Twenty go. I wish Richard well and all the best for the future - thanks for the memories and the service.”

A goodbye message, which announced the store’s immediate closure, was posted on the Top Twenty Facebook page and pinned up on its doors last Tuesday, December 4.

“It is with much regret that after a very happy 25 years as part of the Newbridge and Kildare community, Top Twenty has closed with immediate effect. We would like to extend our thanks and gratitude to our staff, suppliers and most importantly our customers for their valued support, custom and friendship over the years.”

Over 40 tributes were posted on the page to the music store.

They reflect a melody of muscial memories and for many, recollections of teenagers rites of passage, from queueing for their first ever concert tickets to buying their first single, album, record or CD.

One former customer, John Maguire, posted: “Video killed the radio star and the Internet killed the music store, it’s a sign of the times. I bought hundreds of albums in Top Twenty over the years ....sad day.”

Another customer, John McDonagh, posted that a Newbridge institution had gone,

“Tipping up there on a Wednesday during the school days to get Thunderdome tape packs and Rave 92 CDs, to the excitement of collecting tickets for gigs like Carl Cox in the SFX, Dance Nation in the Point and the cancelled Feile in Mondello.

“Never really thought about it till I saw this post but a lot of good but very blurred memories were generated from that shop,” he said.

“Good luck with the future.”

Meanwhile customers can still purchase and collect tickets for concerts from Jam Music on Naas’ Main Street, which is run by John Forde.

- Paula Campbell