Thurles – Looking Back.

Up until more recent years the premises operated by Mr William (Billy) Brophy, pictured hereunder in Parnell Street, Thurles, sold ‘Car Accessories’.

Mr Billy Brophy himself operated independently as a very accomplished motor and truck mechanic in Thurles. Back in the 1980’s you could find his shop open very late into the evening, which was much appreciated, particularly on winter evenings, for those in search of a replacement car battery.

W. Brophy’s shop as it stands today, is situated west on Parnell Street, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.
Photo: G.Willoughby

Mr Brophy could accurately diagnose most car engine problems from the often rudimentary descriptions offered by unqualified customer drivers; none of today’s complicated computer diagnostics were needed.

Same shopfront, west on Parnell Street, Thurles, photographed back around 1930.

Today, the shop retains the almost exact exterior it displayed back in the 1930’s when occupied by the Connaughton family, latter who operated a General Grocery establishment.

Note, the same tile protected, easy cleaned areas, positioned under the windows, still remain fully intact protecting the shop front from the constant mire caused by passing traffic, positioned as it is on the edge of a narrow street; the turned wooden glass window frame supports, possibly pitch pine, latter running perpendicular to the ground as you enter through the shop door, and the beautiful stained opalescent iridescent glass, found high up on the main display windows, all evidence of a very early 20th century shop front.

The Connaughton family would later move their premises to the busier central Liberty Square shopping area, across the street from Hayes Hotel, where, alas, today the friendly family business no longer exists.


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