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Mrs O'Driscoll inside her toy shop on Shandon street. PHOTO; MARTIN DUGGAN 
Mrs O'Driscoll inside her toy shop on Shandon street. PHOTO; MARTIN DUGGAN 
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Warm tributes following death of iconic Shandon toy shop owner: 'Thank you for the wonderful memories'

TRIBUTES have been paid to a shopkeeper who ran a 'treasure trove' toy store on Shandon Street for almost six decades after her passing today.

Claire O’Driscoll was a well-known face to residents of the Shandon area and its surrounds for running O’Driscoll’s toy store near the top of the street.

The business had operated for 55 years and was one of the oldest family businesses in Cork.

Councillor Ken O’Flynn described Ms O’Driscoll as a “lovely lady” and told his own personal story of meeting her at an early age.

“She was one of the last characters and originals of Shandon Street. 

"I can remember getting one of my first toys in her shop after coming out of hospital after having my tonsils removed. She was loved by all and a great friend to people throughout the northside."

James Nolan of the Shandon Area Renewal Association said Ms O’Driscoll will be fondly remembered.

“She was always part of the street and generations of children knew her from the shop. She used to even open on Christmas morning for batteries and things like that.

“She was always involved in everything on the street, no matter what was taking place.” 

The organisers of the Shandon Street Festival said she will be greatly missed.

“Claire was steeped in everything Shandon related: the Shandon Business Association, Shandon Street Festival, and the Dragon of Shandon to name but a few.

“Everyone loved her treasure trove of a shop, where you could find everything you wanted, to bring out the child in you, no matter what age you were. Always, welcoming, always stylish, always reliable. Thank you for the wonderful memories.”

Councillor Thomas Gould described Ms O'Drsicoll as an elegant lady.

"On the northside, it was where everyone would go before Smyths and all those shops set up. She was a very elegant lady, always impeccably dressed. Prim and proper and very well-spoken, she was a lovely person.

"It is a huge loss to the community."