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New store opens in Galway

Published 15/10/2017

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Age Action's sixth charity store has officially opened at 3 St Francis Street in the heart of Galway City. Bargain-hunters would be well advised to drop in soon to check out the store's fantastic selection of clothes, bags, jewellery, and vintage accessories.

Age Action Deputy Chief Executive Lorraine Fitzsimons holds the ribbon for customer June Smyth
Age Action Deputy Chief Executive Lorraine Fitzsimons holds the ribbon for customer June Smyth

Lot of hard work

Welcoming the crowd to the store's official opening Age Action's Deputy Chief Executive Lorraine Fitzsimons recalled that the organisation had previously had a store in Abbeygate Street which closed almost ten years ago and she is that the organisation has been able to return.

"I am delighted that we have opened this new store to raise money to expand our work with older people in Galway," she told dozens of eager shoppers, staff and volunteers who attended the opening.

"There are a lot of people who have worked hard to set up the store including our store manager, Benice Rafferty, and her team of staff and volunteers, Gail Kennedy, our head of retail, who put so much hard work into planning our expansion, Ena Rafferty and Anthony Flynn from our Dublin store and stock collection team, who provided a lot of help and to John McCullough of the Galway City Partnership for their support in providing staff through the TUS Programme.

"We are particularly glad that the store is linked with our new office as a base for Age Action West which includes care and repair, getting started and a meeting space for the Glór Group, Spanish and Irish classes and we hope our office will become a centre for more activities for older people in Galway."

Donations and customers welcome

Age Action's charity stores are one of the organisation's main sources of income. Every cent made from the stores goes to provide services for older people in Galway and the rest of the country, while also supporting our campaigning for a fair State Pension and the right to homecare. Head of Retail Gail Kennedy urged local people to support the store.

"Donations of clothes, jewellery, household goods, books and furniture are always welcome and they go to a fantastic cause," she explained.

"And if you're looking to pick something up instead of dropping something in we have a fantastic team in the Galway store ready to assist you. The selection of brandname clothes and vintage items we get is second to none and there is always something for everyone."

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