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Laois charity shop announces closure following passing of ‘dear colleague and manager’

A Laois charity shop has announced it will close on Saturday May 29 following the passing of its manager.

Sheila Whelan from Doirefeá, Ballydavis, Portlaoise, and formerly of Monasterevin in Kildare, passed away in February of this year.

Mrs Whelan was a founding member of the Cuisle Fayre Charity Shop which is located on Church Avenue in Portlaoise.

Attached to the Cuisle Centre, it first opened its doors five years ago.

However, like all retail outlets, the shop closed before Christmas due to the Covid-19 pandemic and Mrs Whelan sadly passed before it could reopen.

In her memory, volunteers have come together and a closing down sale is ongoing until the end of next week.

The shop is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm and Saturdays 10am to 2pm.

Speaking on behalf of those involved, Carmel Gargan paid tribute to Sheila and thanked everyone who supported them over the years.

She said: “We would like to thank all of our customers and donors who have supported us over the five years of our existence.

“We also pay tribute to Sheila who started this project.

“Her energy and enthusiasm in supporting the work of the Cuisle Centre in Portlaoise was amazing.”

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.