Christy Healy was a night owl and a natural conversationalist, characteristics that suited the late hours that he kept in the family grocery shop that operated from 8.30am to 12.30am seven days a week.
The late night trade consisted of people coming from the Casino cinema and the dances. And the shop was a popular meeting place for people on the way home in the small hours. Even if the door was closed, Christy would answer a tap on the window.
“My dad made sandwiches,” Johnny Healy recalled. “Every Sunday night, up to 30 people would cycle in from the Gap to go to the pictures and they’d come in for a glass of milk and sandwiches. People coming from the dances would knock at the door at one or two in the morning.”
Three Kilcummin ladies, Eileen Williams (80), Joanie Fleming (90) and Joan McCarthy (80), met up in Kitty O’Shea’s Restaurant on Wednesday of last week to celebrate their very special birthdays.
And there were warm thoughts of a fourth friend from the parish, Joan O’Donoghue, Knockinane West, who celebrated her birthday last Friday at Saint Columbanus’s Home which is part of Killarney Community Hospital.
Joanie Fleming had earlier celebrated at home in Mastergeeha with her family. Joanie worked as a waitress all her life in hotels including the International and Gleneagle.