STAY ACTIVE: Killarney Hardware is staying open so people can stay active. Pictured is Manager Anne Marie O’Sullivan-Darcy with long-time staff member Ger Warren.

By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Hardware is going to stay open as long as possible so people can have something to do at home in the days and weeks ahead.

As more and more people are being laid off from their jobs, Manager Anne Marie O’Sullivan-Darcy is concerned that the inevitable boredom could lead to mental health issues.

Her family-owned shop on the top of College Street supplies everything from paint to gardening equipment.

The current situation could present the perfect opportunity to get jobs done around the home.

“We have loyal customers for over 40 years’ and we do not want to let anybody down,” she told the Killarney Advertiser. “This is about keeping people active, and if they are only out cutting a few branches it has to be good for them.”

Anne Marie stressed that her reason for staying open was to give people something to do at home and her decision was not a commercial one.

The store will operate correct social distancing recommendations in line with HSE guidelines – only three people will be allowed into the shop at any one time – and they will also offer a free home delivery service.

“If someone wants just a packet of nails, we will deliver it,” she added.