There is regret in Graiguenamanagh, Co. Kilkenny, over the closure of the Duiske Glass Factory. Trading since 1974, its closure signals the end of an era and reflects the difficulties in the tourist industry as well as cost of manufacture. We understand that the shop is to remain open

Duiske Glass, run by Harry and Maureen O’Shea, was established in Graiguemanagh in 1974 and has since made a name for itself around the world with its high quality, hand-cut glassware. The factory and retail shop in the town’s High Street was a major attraction close to Duiske Abbey, the River Barrow and adjacent towns like St. Mullins. The shop will remain open offering imported glass goods rather than locally-cut products.

We understand that the O’Sheas are not available to comment on the closure. Locals around town expressed concern at the job losses in an area where many young people must travel to Kilkenny or Waterford for work.

Last weekend there was a book and music festival in the town and future hopes of employment rely on the tourist sector. The townâ€TMs proximity to Dublin makes it a potential weekend retreat for Dubliners.

The River Barrow also hosts many fine boats and barges, so it is a potential location for more water related activities.

Just down the town is Joyce’s Hardware, run by Arthur and Ian Joyce, which has been a part of Graiguenamanagh for more than 100 years is also about to close its doors according to reports last week.