Jim and Abina Valentine
One of the longest established shops in the Naas area — Valentine's of Two Mile House — has closed.
The enterprise, which later became a sub post office and also held that dual role until last Thursday, first opened in 1936.
It has been run in recent years by the husband-wife team of Jim and Abina Valentine though it was opened by Jim's father Jack.
The post office arrived two years later.
And the business has been a recognisable fixture on the Naas to Kilcullen Road for generations of people living in Two Mile House, Brannockstown, Naas and Kilcullen. While Jim is from the area, Abina hails from Inchigeelagh, a Gaeltacht region in north-west Cork.
They have seen many changes over the years.
“When I came here in 1966 it was a busy place because foodstuffs like flour, bacon and sugar arrived in bulk effectively (not individual packets) and had to be weighed out into smaller amounts and sold,” Abina reflected last week as the doors closed for the last time.
The couple had four children John, who lives at home; Trevor (Dublin), Jennifer (Australia) and Alan (Milton Keynes). “All of the children worked in the shop as they grew up.” For one reason or another however, none and Alan was the most likely of the siblings to do so, is interested in taking over the reins.
“We’ll miss the people, especially the children who called in from the local schools here, Killashee and Piper’s Hill,” added Abina.