End of an era as iconic Newry music store prepares to close

July 21, 2014

Newry music fans were dismayed last week to discover that legendary music store Carlin’s Record is set to close its doors forever this Saturday 26th July.

The current owner confirmed the news on the store’s Facebook page last week as word spread about the half price closing down sale at the Hill Street shop this week.  The closure of the iconic store, which has been a music enclave in the city for decades, was met with much sadness and disappointment as many commenters reflected on the days of vinyl and cassettes, and cited Carlin’s as the store where they bought their first record.

Hundreds of concert fans camping outside Carlin’s became a familiar sight over the years, with the store selling tickets for all of the major concerts in Ireland.

Much like other big name music stores like HMV and Virgin Records, it would seem the local legend has fallen prey to the evolution of downloaded music and movies and lost its place in the market.

Nevertheless the stalwart music and movie treasure trove will be sorely missed from the city’s streets.