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Marjorie Quarton writes about the growing success of Charity Shops in Co. Galway

Charity shops have been a feature of our cities for many years, but it is only recently that they have reached our provincial towns.

The National Council for the Blind in Ireland runs one of the biggest chains of charity shops in the country, numbering fifty-six. This long-established and respected charity is based in Drumcondra and the head office and warehouse for the shops is near Kill, Co. Kildare.

The NCBI calls its chain ‘Mrs. Quin’s Charity Shops’ in memory of Nanette Quinn who ran their original ‘little shop’ in Dublin. The blue and yellow of their facades is familiar all over the midlands and south of Ireland, with ten new premises due to be opened in this year alone.

In Athenry, Karen Doyle manages a very popular shop in Old Church Street. Her new and nearly new goods attract new customers every day, while she already has a number of regulars. Also for sale is a variety of gifts, toiletries and bric-a-brac. Karen is enthusiastic about her work as are all our Galway managers. ’We’re doing well and expect to do better she says’.

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Written by Marjorie Quarton

Published here 05 Dec 2023 and originally published Spring 2004

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