From humble beginnings to entrepreneur: Paul Mulkerns R.I.P.

March 31, 2014

The sudden death of well-known and highly-respected Killeavy businessman, Paul Mulkerns, at the weekend has stunned the area’s close-knit community and prompted messages of sympathy and support for his family.

Mr Mulkerns (82) passed away suddenly on Friday night at Daisy Hill Hospital, following a short illness.

Born in Liverpool, as a four-year-old he came to live in Dromintee with his aunt Mary O’Hagan, on the Tiffcrum Road.  After leaving Dromintee school, he was just 14 years old when he began his first job as a shop-boy in Lipton’s, Dundalk.  As the years passed, he climbed the career ladder and eventually became supervisory manager of all the Lipton stores in the country, often travelling great distances as part of the role.

After some years, the devoted family man set his sights on work closer to home and bought a small premises within the Newtowncloughoge housing estate from where he established a grocery store.  As business grew, he later expanded and purchased a site across the road from the estate, on the main Newry-Forkhill Road.  Here, from humble beginnings, Paul Mulkerns built up a hugely successful mini-empire, which has attracted a number of independent outlets to establish themselves, equally successfully, in the complex.  His other business interests include a filling station in Banbridge and the shop located within the reception area of Daisy Hill hospital.

In recent years, Mr Mulkerns had taken a less-active role in running the business, handing over the reins and day-to-day operating of it to his sons, Terry and Ciaran, daughter Mairead.

Requiem Mass for Mr Mulkerns is been held today (Monday) in St. Patrick’s Church, Dromintee, followed by interment in Kilcurry cemetery.

He is survived by his wife Lillian, daughters Paula, Mairead and Lisa, sons Terry and Ciaran and his six grandchildren, to whom deepest sympathy is extended.