After selling their first bag of chips fifty years ago, O’Hanlons Takeaway sold their final bag last Friday having fed the people of the Quay and surrounding area for over five decades. Three generations of O’Hanlons have worked in the chipper, which was first started by Joe and Bernadette.The tradition was continued by sons Liam and Sean and also daughters Geraldine and Rita. Their children have also worked in the chipper.
“It’s time for change,” said Sean O’Hanlon on the final day of business for the Dundalk landmar.
“We have great memories over the years. One is Sean O’Mahony’s GFC coming into the shop with cups and we would fill them with food and minerals.
“The fire fighters would come in for their lunch and all the factory men would call on Fridays.”
Thousands of people in Dundalk have tasted O’Hanlons speciality - the meatroll.
“The meatroll and our chips is what we are known for,” said Sean, “Lots of people have sent us wishes and calling into us.
“It’s been a great fifty years and we thank the people of Dundalk and the Quay for their custom.”
Sean also thanked his wife Fiona, sister in law Mairead and Andrea Fry for their hard work in the chipper.It is expected the property will remain a takeaway, as a Chinese family have purchased the building.
“We wish them many years of success,” Sean added.