Friday, 12th June 2015 marked the end of an era as the iconic O’Connell Street department store Clery’s closed its doors for the last time. With no notice of closure, overnight, 460 staff lost their jobs.
Available to watch now on RTÉ Player International, the new RTÉ documentary, Clery’s, looks back on the history of the store through the accounts of former employees, Maurice Bracken and Gerry Markey as they try to come to terms with the liquidation of the historic department store. With over 70 years’ service between them, Maurice and Gerry now search for answers regarding their sudden unemployment following the closure and liquidation.
In the wake of the shock announcement and with only a half an hour to vacate the building following its closure, Maurice and Gerry are forced to deal with the harsh reality that, when big business comes down, a lifetime of dedicated service often counts for very little.
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