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End of an era as Bernie hangs up apron for last time at popular Shambles takeaway

Neighbour Mark 'The Barber' McSherry pays tribute to friend as she steps down

Bernie and Mark, who presented her with flowers, and Bernie pictured behind the counter today, for the last time.

It’s the end of an era at the Shambles!

Bernie Weir (McSorley) has taken her last fast food order and hung up her apron today for the final time.

For years she has been the manager, the most familiar face behind the counter of what was formerly Marco’s.

The Caffolas ran the takeaway business for many, many years, and it is now in the hands of another Italian family, the Vocellas.

Throughout that time, Bernie has been there to meet and greet and serve the good people of Armagh.

And she really did keep it quiet, typical of the lady herself, as she called time on her long-standing manager’s role, bowing out without fuss or fanfare.

In fact, Bernie has retired after a fantastic 35 years and 84 days!

Her good friend and neighbour Mark McSherry, who is ‘The Barber’ next door, could not let the occasion pass without paying tribute and letting people know. He had joked with Bernie he was going to “tell the whole of Armagh” – and that’s when he turned to us at Armagh I!

Mark and his team paid Bernie a visit this evening.

“We got flowers and my girls got her a present,” Mark told Armagh I. “She was so emotional, God love her!”

“She will be greatly missed. I’ve known her a long time and she has been a great friend to me and many, I may add! 

“She has been my neighbour to The Barber for 17 years.

“The Shambles just won’t be the same without her!”

No truer words – you’ll be missed Bernie! We wish you well!

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