Moville shopkeeper adjusts to retirement after serious illness
Local county councillor Martin Farren describes Gerry Lynott simply as ‘Mr. Moville’.
Few in the seaside town would have a more solid claim to the title that the 84-year-old shopkeeper, who recently retired after a serious heart infection almost claimed his life.
A lifelong supporter of Moville Celtic and resident of Montgomery Terrace, a street steeped in the town’s history, Gerry has been a permanent fixture behind the counter of Lynott’s corner shop for almost 78 years.
He had little or no choice but to retire after working until he dropped – quite literally.
“I thought I was able to continue on working until I landed up in Letterkenny. I had to retire then. I suppose you may as well call me a pensioner now!” he smiled.
Sitting by the window of his home last week, he said everything remains a ‘bit of a blur’.
“It seems that I collapsed in the shop one night and ended up in hospital. I was there for a couple of weeks before I remembered anything. Eventually I recovered and woke up one day; I looked around me and didn’t know where I was.”
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