Iconic Roscommon business set to close

ETL on Main St in Roscommon Town. Pic: Kieran Croghan

ETL (formerly Eight ‘til Late) on Main Street in Roscommon Town is set to close on March 2nd  because the owners, Michael and Rita Oates, have made the decision to retire after 40 years of trading.

They took to Facebook yesterday evening to make the announcement, saying “It is with heavy hearts that we announce our plans to close ETL (formerly Eight til Late) on Saturday, 2nd March 2024 after 40 years in business. We opened our doors to trade in Roscommon on 29 Feb. 1984.”

“It has been a difficult decision to call time on what has been a very long and happy chapter in our lives. We are both nervous and excited about the next chapter and the new opportunities and challenges retirement will bring.”

“We would like to sincerely thank our loyal customers, hardworking staff and our long-standing business partners”

“We have many fond memories including; Santa visits and the Christmas buzz in the shop each December; Easter parade floats; celebrating Lotto wins with lucky customers; the infamous Bruce Springsteen and Garth Brooks ticket queues… to mention but a few.”

“ETL, with the support of its customers, has also survived many challenges down through the decades, including recessions, online shopping and the never to be forgotten Covid pandemic.”

“We, like many other businesses, have frequently had to adapt, diversify and reinvent ourselves. The time has now come for us to take a step back, slow down and prioritise our health and family life.”

“Roscommon has been a wonderful place to live, establish a business and raise a family and we are forever grateful to the wider Roscommon community for its support, friendship and custom over the years.

We will be open for the next five weeks which will enable those with vouchers to spend them during this period.”

“Please call into us over these coming weeks. We would love to see as many friendly faces as possible before we say farewell and close ETL’s door for the final time.”

“With sincere gratitude, Michael & Rita Oates and all the team at ETL Craft & Giftware, Roscommon.”