The Conefrey Family History
Conefrey’s Pharmacy history started in 1955 by the late Caillin ‘Con’ Conefrey who ran the business until his death in 1988. The Pharmacy was ran by his Wife Peggy since his death and their son Tomás qualified as a Pharmacist in 1998 and has been working in the business since 1999. Caillin’s eldest Son – Caillin Junior has also been employed in the business since 1996. Conefrey’s Pharmacy is truly a family-run Community Pharmacy. Caillin’s late brother Joe operated a Hardware shop across the road from the Pharmacy until his retirement in 1998.
It can be said that the Conefrey Family have a very strong tradition and dedication to serving the Dublin 2 area and the Pearse Street area in particular and this continues with Caillin’s two sons working in the business. A local pharmacy can serve a huge benefit to a local community for a range of different services which has always been one of Conefrey’s Pharmacy core aims.
In celebration of being in business for 60 years, Tomas Conefrey recently did an interview with Doug Sandler and Strickland Bonner of “The Nice Guys on Business” about the importance of longevity in business. You can listen to the podcast below.
The Docklands area over the last fifteen to twenty years has undergone a massive regeneration with the building of many new apartments, amenities and business premises. Pearse Street is officially the longest street in Ireland and the Dublin 2 area is classified as Inner City yet, is far enough away from the main thoroughfares to have it’s own unique atmosphere. The Bord Gais Energy Theatre is probably the most well know of the new buildings in the area bringing plays and musicals of London West End standard on a regular basis to Dublin.
At the same time the area retains it’s community feel despite all the changes over the last two decades. Up to four generations of families still live in the area and the community services continue to make enormous efforts to maintain this feel. Local youth and adult projects are continually working with the community and local business to foster both community spirit and help young people to develop their gifts. All ages are catered for as St Andrew’s community centre is a focal point for people from nine months to ninety-plus years. Particular attention is paid to care of the elderly in the area and Rostrevor Court run an excellent service involving Home Helps so people who are house bound are attended to and never forgotten