In 1968, writer John Healy published a work that made Charlestown, Co. Mayo famous: “No One Shouted Stop: Death of an Irish Town”.

The book chronicled and railed against the economic decline of his Mayo home town. For “Flux”, Ronan Kelly visits Charlestown and gets a snapshot of the place from behind the counter of the local Gala convenience store.  Kelly visits Charlestown and gets a snapshot of the place from behind the counter of the local Gala convenience store. The kind of shop unknown 40 years ago – it sells everything: breakfast rolls, petrol, coal, phone credit.

Ronan Kelly hears from customers and staff, like Lisa and Bernie (pictured). From behind the deli counter, Charlestown seems in rude economic health and the days of “No One Shouted Stop…” are far behind. However, there are one or two who fear the days Healy wrote about will return.

Music used: Gemma Hayes, “Undercover”

First broadcast, March 2007

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