Updated: 26/10/17 : 06:26:32
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Long established Sligo shop to close its doors

ONE OF Sligo town’s best known shops is set to close its doors on Saturday.

“The Bus Top” in Lord Edward Street has for several decades now been run by Keville Burns.

His parents Mona and Mattie Burns built up the business when the area bustled with local business activity.

Mattie Burns is remembered, too, as one of Sligo’s best ever soccer players.

He played in the 1945 FÁI Cup Final with Bohemian — watched by 45,000 which is still a record for the event.

Unbroken Trading

Closure will mean an end to generations of unbroken trading by members of the Burns family.

Shop apart, Keville Burns immersed himself in, or inspired, many community campaigns.

He was active in the campaign on the mid block route which later saw private homes demolished just yards from the front door of his shop.

He has tirelessly supported the drive for even greater recognition of Nobel Prize author WB Yeats around Sligo Town.

Better Recognition

Keville also publicly called for better recognition of the orator and multi millionaire, William Bourke Cockran.

Cockran was born in Co Sligo and later attended two of the town’s schools before making his fortune in the United States.

A century ago, he invested some of his fortune in a sawmills which stood on the site later occupied by the CIE garage in Lord Edward Street.

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