Shops of Former Years 2

Page 2 - New Street, Church Road, St. Andrew's Grove, Old Street, Railway Avenue, Seabank, The Hill

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New Street (east side from bottom)

Bissetts Hardware.

About 1900/01 owned by Mr. Bissett (grandfather of Rupert). A Mrs Gorman owned an adjoining small cottage in New St. that Mr. Bissett persuaded her to trade for a house in Strand St. (now site of laundry). In 1915 the shop, yard and out buildings were sold to E .M. Long  who traded under this name as a cycle shop, hardware and garage. His son, Edward McCutcheon Long later took over but died 3rd May 1921 and his wife Charlotte (Chaddy) continued to run the shop. She married Harry Talbot a few years later and together they ran the operation until soon after his death in 1966. Over the years it became a petrol station, hardware store and taxi service. Mr. Bissett (Rupert’s father) then bought the premises at auction in 1967 and built the present structure on a site that incorporates the former shop and garage , plus two, now demolished, cottages that faced on to the adjoining laneway.  (The site of a third cottage was already part of the original garage site). The new Malahide Hardware opened in 1967 or 1968. There was a snooker room upstairs for a period, probably in the early 1970s.The upstairs part was also Malahide's first video rental store in the mid to late 80s. There has been a gate to The Green in the present location since Mr. Long's days. The house on the corner, part of which is now a ladies hairdressers was occupied as a surgery by Dr. Peadar Kearns until he moved to a single story cottage on the diagonally opposite corner which was replaced in 2005/6 by Starbucks. 

No. 2 New Street 

Local Garda Sergeant John Ward opened a hairdressers at 2 in the 1960's which was operated by his daughters and also a barber shop run by his son Charlie. (source: his grandson, Paul Mathews, son of Finola Ward. "I remember being wakened every morning by cock crow from Howard's across the road from 2 New Street, who must have had a farmyard of some description. I remember a character called Mattie Cahill who used to chase us to our delight, when we annoyed him as kids. And an old odd job man who helped in the hairdressers called Charlie Wheeler. I remember the milkman delivering the milk on a horse and cart." )

New Row - Mentioned in 1901 census but seems to have been incorporated in New St. in 1911 returns. All private dwellings then. No businesses listed. Jimmy Dolan, the cobbler operated from premises in New Row for a time. 

Was/is this lane between Bissetts hardware shop and restaurant?

Ross Terrace and Ross Cottages – Three or four houses/shops immediately below Gibneys. Ross Terrace and Ross Cottages behind were built by Captain Sir Thomas Ross, R.N., Inspector Commanding the Coastguards along the Fingal Coast. He gave his address as ‘Millview’ between 1837 and 1839. He was awarded a gold medal by the RNLI for his attempts to rescue the crew of the brig ‘Gainsborough’ near High Rock in 1838. He was later very prominent in the work of the Malahide Famine Relief Committee and was knighted. 

O’Connor’s House

Building on corner of New Street and Ross Cottages (?New Row) laneway. Various restaurants have traded here in recent years. Breakers, Tain, Wrights, ?, ?, ?, etc., etc. 

Maurice Mahon operated from a room here. You entered by the hall door, turned left into the front room, adjacent to the laneway, He had tables for a counter, and some fancy goods and newspapers on display.

It is said that Maurice delivered newspapers in the area, but someone with a shop in Malahide had applied for a Newsagents Licence; so Maurice had to act quickly to obtain premises, as a licence would not be issued to a "Paper Boy".

Mrs. Archbold lived below Gibney's premises and McCreadys lived below her. 


Referred to as “Golden Lion Inn” in the 1740’s. Bought by Henry Barton Cooke on 6 June, 1890 from James O’Hara and the landlord, the Hon. Richard Wogan, Baron Talbot de Malahide. Cooke called it the “Abercorn Tavern” for a period. Later traded as “ Henry Cooke, Dublin House, Family Grocer, Provision, Wine & Spirit Merchant.” Henry F. Cooke, Grocer and Vintner, is occupant per 1911 census with a shop assistant living on the premises.

In 1937 bought by Jack Gibney when it was a “spit and sawdust pub” with a backyard that contained an apple garden and ‘smelly’ piggery.

Wrights operated a fish shop.

Where Gibneys off-licence now trades. McCreadys builders had a builders yard behind accessed under an arch between the fish shop and Gibney's premises. This arch still remains. Later 'Pams Fashions'. 


General Draper – where O'Farrell Cleere now have offices.

New Street  (west side from top)

Mary or Margaret Seaver, Shop-keeper , per 1901 census and in 1911 census she is a resident and 80 yrs. of age. 

Where was the shop located?


Site of present health offices. Described as lock-up on 1911 census but beside house of Mary Howard, Hospital Nurse. She probably ran the dispensary and lived over. Later Dr. Walsh - husband of Ma Walsh - was the Dispensary doctor and the nurse was Nurse Stroker who lived up St. Margarets Road. 


Per 1901 census, Patrick Hogan, Grocer, had a pub but in 1911 census described as a lock-up pub with no owner mentioned. 

Later owned by Hogan Brothers (the ‘bottom’ shop). At rear a wall separated this premises from back of Hogans on Main St. When Hogans owned both premises they kept the wall in place so they could retain separate licences for each premises. However, they kept ladders for nipping over the wall. (Per E. Nolan)

Later bought by Eddie Nolan (an ex employee of Hogans) who subsequently sold to Smyths in 1979 and then to Fowlers about 2009.

Hogan's 'bottom shop', later Nolans, Smyths and now Fowlers

M. Howard & Sons, Victuallers. Phone Malahide 12 ( now occupied by Denis Drum's auction rooms) 

”Constantly supplied with Beef, Mutton. Lamb, Pork, etc. as in Season. Pickled Beef and Scarlet Ox Tongues. Special Quotations for Large Customers”

Michael Howard, Farmer and Victualler, resident per 1901 and 1911 census returns with a victualler living-in in 1911. Probably there from at least 1888. 

Butchers shop, house, rear yard with slaughterhouse, cow shed and pig sty.

Later occupied by Mittons also as butchers before Denis Drum. 

Below Howards Jem Dunne and his family lived and he ran a dairy from the adjoining yard. His family still reside in the house.

Bertie Boyle. 

Phone Malahide 30.

”High class groceries and provisions, sweets confectionery, ices, cigarettes and fruit.” (trading in 1937).

The grocery shop, run by Bertie and his wife, was on the corner of New Street and Strand Street in what is now named “Howards Corner” and where “Mario’s Pizza” now trades. It consisted of the dwelling house of Michael Howard (Senior), the upper floor extending over Boyle ’s Shop. 

It is believed that Bertie was a former manager of Findlater's Grocers on Main St. before branching out on his own.

Howard's Corner

House here was occupied by Denis Drum, Auctioneer. Later demolished to make way for New Street Mall.

Church Road

Medical Hall

The Medical Hall and Whites Pork Butchers was originally a private residential house owned by a family called Perrons and later McDonaghs. Paddy Quinn sold pharmacy to Aideen Murphy.

Whites Pork Butchers

Operated where Café Provence now (2006) trades. There was an abattoir at the rear run by Nugent Butchers of Main Street.

Manor House

Originally part of the Talbot Estate. Manor courts were held here in olden times. Remains of prisoner holding room were visible prior to latest redevelopment. 

Mullach Cottage coffee shop run by the Clearys, now the Scotch Bonnet 

Tir na n’Og

Was an orphanage with 27 female orphans of mainly Irish birth per 1901 census. 22 female resident orphans, many of English birth, per 1911 census. 

No. 1 Church Rd. Hopkins'/Gilbert's/Duignan’s/Gunnings

Where phone/kitchen shops recently traded.

Mr. Gunning leased this shop in 1972 for a few years before Duignan's took it over. 

Small shop selling sweets and groceries. Mr. Hopkins may have traded as a small hardware shop.
McSherrys also traded here as drapery, hardware and fancy goods 

No.2 Church Rd.  McSherry's Bakery . Sold bread and cakes but may not have baked themselves.       

Later White's hardware, owned and run by the family who lived over the shop until around 1972, when it was sold at auction to Mr Michael White ( no relation) from Donegal who opened a furniture store. Rebuilt about 2014 and now occupied by Boots, chemists.


Post Office where Allied Irish Bank now trades was formerly a Post Office run by Jim and Delia Talbot (nee Markey). Prior to that, it was a private residence known as "Tredagh" and owned by Miss May Crosbie — a garden designer.

St. Andrew’s Grove

Site of former large St. Andrew's rectory building.

Old Street (formerly Back Street and/or Chapel Street)


Grocery & Provisions (trading in 1937). Probably the McGregors of the Diamond.

Jim ( or Jack) McManus.

Blacksmith, operated from McAllisters Garage in Railway Avenue. 

Jack O’Brien.

Bookmaker. The shop was run by Mrs. O'Brien and the family lived on St. Margarets Road. One of the sons still lives there. 

Corner of Railway Avenue and Old street

Katie O’Brien (sacristan in St. Sylvester’s Church) lived with her sister Mary in a thatched house on this corner.

No. 3   Chez Sara formerly Wine Bar

Agatha (Agnes) Tighe (formerly Glynn) (used to play the Organ is the Church ) lived here with her husband Mick and family. One son - Hilary - is alive and is in a Nursing Home (2007).Also daughter  Ellen Warren.  Gerrard Tighe, perhaps another son, emigrated to Australia and his daughter Anne is resident there (2007). 

Jimmy Dolan’s. 

”Boots and Shoes and Repairs Done” (trading in 1937)

Jimmy Dolan the cobbler used premises at the bottom of Old Street on the left side going down the street. Regularly sat in doorway in his leather apron with last mending shoes and dispensing brads (nails) from his mouth.

Shop: James Casey

In 1901 but not 1911 census returns. No further information.

Shop: Patrick Glynn, Provision Dealer

Per 1901 census. Denis Glynn, described as Shopkeeper, in 1911 census. May have been father of Mrs Tighe (see Wine Bar above). 

Mary Ann Gaffney, Shopkeeper, 1911 census.

Not clear whether she was just resident or had a shop here.

Dairy behind Billy Meagher's shop / back of Duffy's

A man (/ Reilly) milked cows in the yard had a milk round. He rented land outside the village in the summer where ever he could get grazing nearest to his home / yard . At one time he had the land around the Casino and the yard at the back of the house . 

Did a Liam McManus have a butchers shop on this street at some time? 

Railway Avenue ( otherwise known as Fountain Lane )

McAllister’s Forge.

later McAllister’s Garage. Jack Mcmanus operated his forge here. 

Edward Owens, farmer, per 1911 census.

Daughter living in his house described as Shop Assistant.


McGregors Tea Rooms (trading in 1937)

Tram Shop

Sold sweets and confectionery. Run by Mr. McCormack. 

Malahide Sea Baths (immediately beyond the Grand Hotel on far corner of Bath Avenue)

Two bungalows to front of actual baths were occupied by Mrs. Tighe and Mrs. Murray.

(See picture postcard in Fingal Libraries collection)

Dr. May’s wooden bungalow, known locally as "The White Bungalow".

Further along between path and seashore.

(See picture postcard in Fingal Libraries collection)

Occupied for a time in late 1940's by the Daly family whose two sons were keen sportsmen(rugby and cricket) and daughter Mary - a keen hockey player. 

Spar Shop

McAuley’s house. Later became shop. 

The Hill

T.Dunne & Sons, Kilmurray Dairy. 

”Certified Grade “A” Bottled Milk”. 

Joe Cahill operated a milk delivery service with Bernie Reilly* doing the rounds in a horse drawn trap or milk float. John Cahill ran a similar operation from Robbswalls, also using a horse and trap.

A former Malahide resident recalls:
 "Margaret Reilly was from a Malahide family. She would sometimes take me to her parents’ house near the bottom of Old Street and “mother” would give us delicious pieces of newly-baked soda bread. Her brother was the milkman, Bernie, who measured out the milk from large churns. Her aunt Bridget lived in the gate lodge of La Mancha and we often visited her there (the site of the burned-down mansion itself, whose occupants had been murdered, was regarded as haunted and few dared to go near it at night). On the way to “mother” we would pass the St Sylvester well, which was then boarded up. Sometimes we would drop in to St Sylvester’s church. My mother remembered Margaret telling that I was impressed by the large numbers of lit votive candles that I denounced in my shrill little voice as “sheer waste” to the amusement of some old ladies busy with their prayers. Margaret left us around 1950 to get married and my mother stayed in touch with her for many years afterwards."

Lambe’s - Hilltop Store

General Grocery. Dickie Lambe ran ran a shoe repair service from close to the shop. 

(Was this the shop built by Michael Gaffney’s father ?)

Anna Thompson ran a shop for many years (40s till late 60s.) It was a Gaffney property that he rented out