The End ~ Gatherings from Ireland # 251

I don’t know how many people will understand but I feel a huge sadness that the the Xtra-vision Store here in Tramore is closing in the next few days.

Xtra-vision, Tramore, Co. Waterford.
Xtra-vision, Tramore, Co. Waterford.

Xtra-vision has been in Tramore for a very significant decade in my life ~ years when my son was moving from Thomas the Tank Engine  to over 18 movies. It’s also a place I associate with buying various mobile phones which brought great, good, difficult and sad news as well as ordinary, everyday chatter.

In ways the coming of Xtra-vision to Tramore with its snazzy lay-out, huge range of movies for rent, late night opening, pop-corn … was not unlike the arrival of our first television in 1963. A whole new era bringing the world into our living-rooms.

One of the great things about Xtra-vision here in Tramore was the way you were guaranteed to meet friends and acquaintances, in entertainment mood, searching the shelves for a movie and eager to exchange opinions on the latest movies.

The closing of any business is tough, tough, tough and while Xtra-vision may not be a long-standing family business in Tramore, it is a place in which the staff have invested many years serving both locals and the many visitors who swell the population of the town each Summer.

Yes, is the end of an era and I know that I’ll be seeing the red and yellow  Xtra-vision signs at the top of the town long after they have been taken down.

Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and sense of place.

4 thoughts on “The End ~ Gatherings from Ireland # 251”

  1. That’s a terrific way to view the closing of the store. I completely concur. All of my teenage years were spent there, choosing movies, games, meeting friends… before choosing films with my new boyfriend at 17 who I now have a beautiful daughter with. The times are a changing in Tramore. Thanks for the post!

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