Over the coming months we will be looking at different streets and towns through out the county to see what is on offer and where better to start than on one of Tralee’s famous streets…
Rock Street, fondly known as the street of champions amongst oth-er things it has a variety of services available to the shopper.
How vibrant Rock Street is with the bustle of people going about their business on a fine day. Nervously businesses are becoming accustomed to covid regulations and we all strive to adapt to
this new normal for the moment. Kirby’s Brogue Inn is a
hive of activity. Open seven days and greatly popular by loyal customers and passing trade alike. Fiona is proud to continue the legacy of forty years at the bottom of the Rock.
Businesses on Rock Street are accustomed to supporting each other. In 1958 Rock Street was badly flooded and again in the 1980s. During the siege of Tralee in 1920 the black and tans forced all the Busi-nesses to close and left no food provisions for an en-tire week. This is part of the foundation Rock Street busi-ness has developed from. Matt the Butcher is new to the area. The open glass front-
age to the shop is very welcoming. Once inside, all the activity on the street is mesmerising with people and vehicles passing by. Matt the butcher offers a wide range of their own fresh pro-duce in the meat and deli range. Homemade foods include sal-ads, quiche and lasagne to name a few. Matt and his daughter testify that they have received a huge welcome from the local Businesses. It is great to have such life on the street again this side of quarantine measures. Going forward Matt the butcher and family will be introducing a new range of vegetarian and vegan products to their existing range of home produced goods. Garvey’s Super Valu have been tirelessly providing quality
service to its customers on Rock Street for 27 years. Fresh quality products are a given and Garvey’s have a longstanding tradition of supporting and sponsorship of local industries. They have re-cently introduced their latest initiative. Two one hundred euro vouchers to be won by customers in each Garvey’s super Valu store for a five week period. Customers that win, nominate any business in the county where they would like to shop. Garvey’s will give them a voucher for that shop. What a fantastic concept that not only benefits the customer but the business in this a time of recovery. Garvey’s are involved in frontline Friday where there is free fruit for frontline workers.
M. Kelliher and sons were established in Rock Street in 1935. We
know it today as Kelliher’s Hardware, incorporating the
Kerry Bookshop. Trading in Rock Street spans over 150 years. Going back in time there was a gasworks at the rear of Kellihers that operated the gas lighting throughout the town. The origi-nal fire station in Tralee was situated at this site and a red brick building. The evidence of which can be seen at the rear carpark of Garvey’s and is preserved.
Kellihers is family owned and today they offer a wide variety of quality goods. Toymaster is the range of toys upstairs and there currently is a fantastic range of paints and wallcoverings as their speciality.
Corcoran’s 99 Rock Street bright store has an array of beau-
tiful pastels in pinks, blues and greys on the walls .The concept helps the customer to imagine the furnishings in their own homes with the back drop of colours. It is hard to imagine that this building was once a car garage specialising in Morris Minors.
O’ Flynn’s furniture and interiors has been in Rock
Street since 1987 and is going from strength to strength, says Malachy.
To upper Rock Street and Kevin Barrys. Barry’s Bakery was
established in 1925 by Patrick Barry. It closed in 2017 and was a Tralee institution for generations. Today Barry’s grocery and deli is run by Kevin Patrick’s grandson. There is a great sense of pride from
Kevin for his family Business and indeed Rock Street. Austin Stack himself lived in a building next door, an Irish revolutionary and captain of the all-Ireland winning team in 1904. From the top of the Rock talented Players are abundant. Mikey Sheehy, Ger Power, John O’ Keefe and Kieran Donaghy. The much ad-mired Martin Bracker O’ Regan was a part of the auld stock from the Rock, a charismatic personality. Tralee town council named the link road in his honour. It’s no wonder that it’s called the street of champs with All Ireland medals galore.
Rock Street is a close supportive community with something for everybody. Dairy Master provides a reliable service stock-ing equipment for farming requirements. The road that is Rock Street itself was the main access road uniting all of North Kerry to market square in the centre of the town. Tralee is historically a thriving medieval port even importing exotic goods. Self-suffi-ciency is a notable trait of Tralee. Evidence of old railway tracks at
the side entrance of Horan’s Fruit and Veg links Rock Street trading to the ships at Tralee port. The building that is Horan’s fruit and veg today is according to records of Architectural Ar-tistic importance. Horan’s is one hundred percent Irish owned
selling fruit and vegetables with best quality guaranteed. Rock
Street’s Post Office has a logo saying “The heart of the com-munity” and they certainly are. Providing essential services to all customers including banking services and updates. Bringing the community together throughout these difficult months we have all been through. At the top of the Rock, a video store was the last to become a victim of modern technology. “Top of the Rock’’ video shop was an institution in the dawn of rental days in the 1980s. The pubs on Rock Street have yet to return to full capacity and the hairdressers and beauty people are alive and well with an aray
of services including Paradise Beauty, Hairworks Hair
and Beauty and Sun Factory who are tentatively looking after their customers.
Weathering floods, war famine and pandemic. Rock Street is open for Business.
So for friendly, professional and Quality service coming from a solid tradition in trading.
Shop in Rock Street and Shop Local