CLOSURE: Patrick ‘Paddy O’Donoghue pictured outside The Medical Hall many years ago.
By Michelle Crean
It’s been a strong presence on the Killarney landscape since 1926 – but that’s soon to change as O’Donoghue’s Medical Hall on Main St – plans to close their doors for good.
The decision was taken due to the retirement of the directors and a sale of the building has been agreed.
Factors such as lack of parking, the upsurge in out of town pharmacies and business rates also played a part in the decision, Maura O’Donoghue explained to the Killarney Advertiser this week.
Her father Patrick ‘Paddy’ O’Donoghue, who was instrumental in establishing The Gleneagle Hotel, bought the premises in 1926 from PD Foleys. He then extended the premises into O’Leary’s Bar in 1954, and worked in the business until he died aged 88.
It was then run by his family, who now plan to retire, with a closing date set for Saturday, November 30.
“Business is getting tougher,” Maura said.
“And there’s a big building there that is being underutilised. Lack of parking punished us as well as the increase in out of town pharmacies.”
She said it’s with regret that they say goodbye but want to thank all their loyal customers who have supported their business for decades.
“We will miss it and thanks to everyone for their support. And we’d ask that customers please call before the closing date to redeem their vouchers.”