End of an era as Malachy closes menswear shop after 57 years
Hello, Mairead here, reporting for newsletter duty again.
Hope you all had a good weekend. I took myself off to the Omniplex in Armagh on Saturday evening to see 'Belfast' and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I hadn't been to the cinema since the Covid pandemic started so it was bliss to sit in the dark with a box of popcorn and be transported back to another time, even though that period in our history was a turbulent one for so many people.
It also made me think of so many practices that were normal then. In the street where I lived, the accepted way to call somebody in for their tea was to stand on the front doorstep and holler their name as loudly as possible. Even if you were 20 houses up, you made sure to get home sharpish.
On Sunday, I held a bit of a garden party. There were drinks and a few nibbles and after a slow start, a few guests turned up. Well, okay, I exaggerate for effect. It wasn't exactly a party. It was, in fact, the annual Garden Watch run by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.
The gist is you put out a bit of food and record which birds and how many visit in the space of an hour. It was a chance to settle down in a comfy chair with a big piece of soda bread, binoculars and a notebook.
I won't bore you with numbers but my feathered friends didn't let me down - blue tits, a jay, blackbirds, robins, wood pigeons and a bullfinch turned up for the free feed. Who says I can't throw a decent party? And the bonus was that a fox appeared too in the shadows (think he was munching on some sort of prey, but such is the cycle of nature, as David Attenborough would say.)
Just sitting still and observing is something I would recommend. You never know what you'll see.
In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this week's newsletter.
This week, I caught up with Lurgan tailor Malachy Cumberton, who first picked up a needle and thread 57 years ago, at the age of 13, and served his final customers on Saturday at his shop, MC Menswear.
End of an era as Malachy closes menswear shop after 57 years as a tailor, man and boy — armaghi.com
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