Monday, February 20, 2012

No more diddly-eiddly-de music drifting across the Diamond

Recently Quinlan's Newsagent's on the Diamond closed down. This week Melody Maker, the record/music shop, closed down.

Quinlan's has been on the Diamond for nearly 50 years, I remember going in there when I was kid as they used to have the huge big jars of various sweets! Kevin Quinlan started the shop, and his son Rory has been running it for the past few years.
Quinlan's on the Diamond
Speaking to the Donegal Post, Rory Quinlan said he wished to thank all the people of the area for their custom, their loyalty and respect shown to him and his family over the years ...

It is understood decline in newspaper sales, rising costs of cigarettes coupled with spiralling costs of running a business led to a decision being made.
The shop employs up to six full and part time staff and sells cards, stationary, papers, sweets, lotto tickets and cigarettes.

Read more about Quinlans in Donegal Now:

And the Democrat's coverage:

Melody Maker has been in the town since 1983, which is almost 30 years. With it gone, there's no outlet that sells music.
Gerry and Pat; Manager & Owner
Melody Maker closes its doors on Saturday, February 25 after trading in various forms for nearly 30 years.

On top of the massive drop in music sales, games are now being played on-line. Martina’s Video Shop in the Castle Centre closed late last year for similar reasons. And even the giants of the industry are not immune. UK chain Game Stop recently closed their retail outlets in Derry and across Northern Ireland.
The whole industry has changed beyond recognition.

On behalf of himself, Gerry and long-term employee Denise, Pat said: “To all those who have worked with us and the friends who have helped us in many different ways, we sincerely thank them all.
“Anyone who has gift vouchers can redeem them in Melody Maker’s final sale, which will run until closing day, February 25. All gift vouchers must be redeemed for goods on or before this date, otherwise they will be deemed invalid.

Read more about Melody Maker in the Democrat:

Donegal Town
Donegal Town's Diamond
Beside the recession, Melody Maker has been affected by how Music is being purchased, with more people either buying online, or using free services like Spotify, or downloading music illegally. Quinlan's has been affected by the economy, and by the competition of other Newsagents and other shops that also serve as newagents. This will leave it's mark on the Diamond, as the less shops there are the more bare the town will appear and be less likely to attract shoppers and visitors. And this may further drive trade outside of the town or to the peripheral making shopping even more inaccessible for those without cars.

Original article at Donegal Friends:


Mick T. said...

The 02 shop in town may have closed also, as per this posting or discussion on

This may leave only two 02 shops in the county, Letterkenny and Carndonagh?

Mick T. said...

Ernie McGettigan raises a good point:

"“As a town we are facing probably the biggest challenge of our time but the challenge is there to be overcome. We have developed many niche markets with our festivals and the various festivals that the individual hotels are hosting. If we stick together, maximise our resources and support each other we will get through this recession together.”"

Anonymous said...

Ahh this is so sad, same thing happened here in Kinsale last year. In the space of 6 weeks 6 different business's closed their doors.But its mainly due to their being no chamber of commerce.There's just a chamber of tourism.Also landlords are hiking up their rents instead of lowering them.

Donegal won't be the same without Quinlans I have great memories of playing with Orla as a kid many moons ago, with a stack of comics beside me devouring them :) Happy days !!

Mick T. said...

It is sad Jeannie. :(

The 02 shop actually closed last year and has been replaced with a "Antique Shop".

Looks like there's only Vodafone in town now, and the nearest 02 shop is in Letterkenny or Sligo. And 02 only has 2 or 3 shops in the county!

Anonymous said...

Haha the diddeldy Iddeldy music is now being pumped out of the central YUCK !! Jeannie

Mick T. said...

It is a bit loud alright! ;)