Griffin’s Bakery on Shop St, Galway, which was opened in 1876, has unfortunately closed, and yet another cultural and business synapse of this city has been extinguished. The cartoon above depicts the front window of Griffins Bakery in what has become the regular fate of high street, family-run businesses in Irish cities. Charlie wrote about it in the Connacht Tribune recently:
“In my tiny freezer I’ve a large brown pan and a sourdough loaf from Griffin’s Bakery, which closed its doors for the last time a few weeks ago.
The longer the loaves sit there, the drier and less bouncy they become, but driven by a sad desire for delayed gratification, they sit there still.”
Many birthday cakes for my kids came from this delicious bakery and as far as I remember the Galway Cartoon Festival was born there (Richard and I had our first meeting in Griffin’s tearooms). I understand these things happen but it’s very sad nonetheless. I wish all the best to the Griffin family and thank you for all the early mornings and fantastic confections.
More Double Vision cartoons here.