Over the last 15 years it has come to me that my role in the Blessington Bookstore & Coffeeshop has been like that of a conductor. I could hear beautiful music in my head, but it took skilled musicians to bring it to life. To the wonderful bookshop girls and the Baristas, thank you for all your hard work, good humour and loyalty over the years. Our company mission was ‘To sell books that people would enjoy reading, to serve the best coffee & cake we could, and to have as much fun as possible in the process’ Mission accomplished ladies – well done.
Good music requires fine instruments – thank you to our suppliers: Flannery coffee, Artisan Gourmet Foods, Hendersons, Ross the Milkman and for books Argosy, O’Brien Press, Premier, Gill Books, New Island, and all the great publishers who bring authors and readers together. Thank you to all the delivery men who have carried in thousands of books, lakes of coffee and mountains of food with such good grace. To the unseen workers who kept us clean and in working order, thank you.
But no matter how amazing the instruments, or how beautifully we played, without an audience to share it with, the notes would be lost on the desert air. To everyone who has crossed our threshold over the last 15 years, thank you. Your warmth, your enthusiasm, your loyalty has been fundamental in making our bookshop so unique. A special thank you to everyone who has taken time to write, send messages, bring gifts and show support in many different ways. The eloquence and warmth in your words has touched us deeply and is very much appreciated. They will be a great help in the days ahead. To my daughter Chantal, your hard work and ready laughter in the last weeks has made me very proud. I know nothing short of government restrictions would have stopped my family standing shoulder to shoulder with me at this time – thank you for all the virtual support.
A special thank you to Carmel Dillon and the board at St Mary’s Junior school, whose foresight and generosity has allowed us to continue to serve the community with school books this summer – details on blessingtonbookstore.ie.
Today our song is coming to an end, but the music plays on. Keep reading and sharing stories, for that is how we open our hearts and our minds to empathy, joy, laughter, understanding, and imagination.
May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields, and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
Goodbye for now,