Category Archives: Ireland

Tipperary – Store 337

There have been two Store 337 Woolworths stores. The first was on Commercial Road in East London (E1) that opened in 1928. I can’t find any photos of it though. Sadly the store was destroyed by bombing in World War 2 and never rebuilt – presumably because it was too close to the Whitechapel branch of Woolworths. The number store 337 was later given to Tipperary in Ireland, which opened in 1954.

5 – 6 Main Street, Tipperary, Ireland

Woolworths opened in Tipperary in the Republic of Ireland in 1954 on Main Street. They traded here until 1978. That year it was reported that significant structural repairs were required to the store, and the company opted to close the branch rather than invest in the building. Woolworths did have 3 stores in the area until the 1970s (Tipperary Town, Clonmel and Thurles).

The store manager of Tipperary Woolworths was offered a transfer to England but instead with a local investor bought the building and opened a store called “Wellworths”  that is still trading 41 years later. (With thanks to Stephen Nolan for sending me that information)

Tipperary Former Woolworths

Tipperary Former Woolworths

 

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Dundalk – Store 331

91 – 93 Clanbrassil Street, Dundalk, Co. Louth, Ireland

Woolworths opened their sixth Irish store in Dundalk in 1928. It was on Clanbrassil Street. From these photos, it looks like there was a 1950s/60s makeover looking at the style of the building. The oversized text on the fascia makes an appearance here too.

Dundalk Woolworths 1967

Dundalk Woolworths 1967

Source: Facebook

Dundalk Woolworths 1970s

Dundalk Woolworths 1970

Dundalk Woolworths 1979

Dundalk Woolworths 1979

With thanks to Stephen Nolan who sent me these photos. Store 331 in Dundalk closed in October 1984, and he tells me that as Dundalk is on the border between NI and RO, many of its customers would have transferred to the Newry store across the border after Kingfisher closed the ROI stores in 1984.
Today the building still exists, though with triangular peaks added at the top. It is the Clanbrassil Centre, which houses lots of smaller shops.
Dundalk Former Woolworths

Dundalk Former Woolworths

Limerick – Store 97

37 – 39 O’Connell Street, Limerick, Ireland

The 97th Woolworths store opened in Limerick, Ireland on O’Connell Street in 1921. The building was the Limerick Furnishing Warehouse.

Limerick Woolworths 1930s

Limerick Woolworths 1930s

Source: Historic England

Extract from Limerick.com of Limerick Woolworths in the 1940s/50s:

“Woolworth’s now I can remember quite a number of stories about that store especially at Christmas. Going to shop with your 10/- shilling note to get presents for all your family. Purple bath salts in an ornate glass jar for a 1/- shilling, this was always for your Mother and 6d. hankies in a box for Dad. Counter loads of ‘sweets’ under the glass covers, biscuits lining the counter top from Jacob’s in their glass topped tins. You could buy a half pound of this kind and a half pound of another and you could also buy a pound of assorted broken biscuits for 3d.

Upstairs at Woolworth’s was always a winter wonderland at Christmas, at other times of the year this area held all the electrical and hardware goods for your home. But, Christmas was Santaland time, toys, decorations, christmas lights, sparklers and Christmas music playing are memories hard to forget. The boys chasing you to sprinkle you with ‘Jack Frost’. Do you remember?”

In 1963 the store was refurbished and had a brand new look.

Limerick Woolworths 1963

Limerick Woolworths 1963

Source: A Stroll Down Memory Lane

This was how the inside looked:

Limerick, A Stroll Down Memory Lane: Book 7 &emdash; 074 Woolworth, O'connell Street, Limerick
Limerick, A Stroll Down Memory Lane: Book 3 &emdash; O'Connell Street

Limerick Woolworths 1970

Limerick Woolworths 1970

Source: From Limerick with Love

Limerick Woolworths 1970s

Limerick Woolworths 1970s

Source: Memory Lane Limerick

The store closed with Woolworths left Ireland in 1984.

Today the build still exists, it could do with a clean, The store has been split into three units – Wokking Restaurant (which is on the upper floors), Marco Polo and Carraig Donn.

Limerick Former Woolworths

Limerick Former Woolworths

Dun Laoghaire (Kingstown) – Store 90

89 Lower Georges Street, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland

The 90th Woolworths store opened in Kingstown in Ireland, in 1920. In 1921, the town got renamed Dun Laoghaire (pronounced Dunleary). In the below photo you can see the store on the right with the three pointed roofs.

Kingstown Dun Laoghaire Woolworths 1920s

Kingstown (Dun Laoghaire) Woolworths 1920

Source: Historical Picture Archive

The store traded here for 64 years until Woolworths left Ireland in 1984. Since Woolworths closed, the building has been an M&S Simply Food.

Dun Laoghaire Former Woolworths - M&S

Dun Laoghaire Former Woolworths – M&S 2009

Today it is occupied by a shop called Sostrene Grene.

Dun Laoghaire Former Woolworths - Sostrene Grene

Dun Laoghaire Former Woolworths – Sostrene Grene

Cork – Store 83

39 – 41 Patrick Street, Cork, Ireland

Woolworths opened its third Irish store in Cork on Patrick Street on 6th February 1920. It was quite a large corner building.

Cork Woolworths 1920s

Cork Woolworths 1920s

Source: Historic England

In 1922-23 trading was suspended for 18 months due to a labour dispute.

Cork Woolworths 1931

Cork Woolworths 1931

Source: Twitter

Cork Woolworths was a popular, busy store. Below are some 1960s photos.

Cork Woolworths 1960s

Cork Woolworths 1960s

Source: Cork Archives

Cork Woolworths 1970

Cork Woolworths 1970

Source: Listowel Connection

In 1974 it had a full refurbishment and you can see the new fascia in the below photo.

Cork Woolworths 1984

Cork Woolworths 1984

Source: Woolworths Museum

The store closed when Woolworths left Ireland in 1984.

Today the store has been split into 2 units. One was River Island until recently, the other is a bank.

Cork Former Woolworths - River Island and a Bank

Cork Former Woolworths – River Island and a Bank

Source: Buildings of Ireland

Dublin (Henry Street) – Store 76

18-19 Henry Street, Dublin 1, Ireland

Woolworths opened their second Dublin store on Henry Street in 1918. The building was purpose-built, as the building that had previously been on the site was destroyed in the Easter Rising of April 1916. You can see the year ‘1917’ in the gable as this was when it was built. The store was bigger than the first Dublin branch on Grafton Street (Store 31), with an entrance on Henry Street and another entrance to a shopping arcade.

Dublin Henry Street Woolworths 1918

Dublin Henry Street Woolworths 1918

Source: Historic England

The store was extended over time, taking over the two stores to the left.

Woolworths in Henry Street was famous in particular for its Ice Cream kiosk.

“Apart from cheap sweets and pop records, the great attraction of Woolworths for kids, and many parents, was its ice-cream kiosk. In the early 1930s, when refrigeration was still a novelty in many parts of the country, Woolworths had all the US-supplied equipment necessary to become the biggest seller of ice cream in Ireland. Queues formed in both of their Dublin stores from morning opening to evening closing to buy their famously creamy cones. Hughes Brothers (HB) won the contract to supply all of Woolworths’ ice cream in the late 1920s and the chain remained HB’s biggest customer until the late 1960s” Independent.ie

Dublin Henry Street Woolworths 1970

Dublin Henry Street Woolworths 1970

Source: Pinterest

Dublin Henry Street Woolworths 1972

Dublin Henry Street Woolworths 1972

Source: Independent.ie

Dublin Henry Street Woolworths 1975

Dublin Henry Street Woolworths 1975

In 1980 the store had a full makeover with a new fascia and pastel-coloured modernised units inside (you can read more about that here, and the lead up to the closure of all Irish Woolworth stores).

Dublin Henry Street Woolworths 1984

Dublin Henry Street Woolworths 1984

The store closed in 1984, and was sub divided into seven different units – four on Henry Street and three inside the arcade.

Today the original front of the building is occupied by Vision Express and HMV, with the extension occupied by Boots and Extrovert.  If you look above you can still see the original architecture.

Dublin Former Woolworths, Henry Street

Dublin Former Woolworths, Henry Street

Source: Irish Times

With thanks to Stephen Nolan for his help on this post.


You can read about Store 75 Aberdare here

Dublin, Grafton Street – Store 31

65-68 Grafton Street, Dublin, Ireland

Store 31 was the first ever Irish store, opening in Grafton Street, Dublin, on 23rd April 1914. It was on a corner site in fine Edwardian red brick buildings, seen on the left of this postcard.

Dublin Grafton Street Woolworths 1914

Dublin Grafton Street Woolworths 1914

Source: Woolworths Museum

Opening in Ireland had its obstacles. The IRA formed in 1919 to bring about independence, there was violence and antipathy against any retailer selling non-Irish products and there were boycotting campaigns. Woolworths became increasingly reliant on Irish suppliers to fill their counters here.

This is a photo from the store’s 25th anniversary in 1939.

Dublin Grafton Street Woolworths 1939

Dublin Grafton Street Woolworths 1939

Source: Woolworths Museum

In the 1960s it still had it’s unique look, but soon after it was replaced by the standard house style, with all three Edwardian buildings sadly being demolished.

Dublin Grafton Street Woolworths 1960s

Dublin Grafton Street Woolworths 1960s

Source: Ireland Then and Now

The store closed in 1984 when Woolworths decided to leave Ireland. The building was split in two – one half was HMV, the other half Next.

Dublin Grafton Street Former Woolworths | HMV, Next

Dublin Grafton Street Former Woolworths | HMV, Next 2014

Source: Nialler

Today the building shared by Massimo Dutti and Boss – you can see the 60s architecture with it’s triangular windows when you look up. And if you look next door at Monsoon, you can see how the original Edwardian building would have looked.


 

If you are looking for Store 30, Edgware Road, it has already been written about – you can read all about that store here.