It’s Happy Days for ‘the top of the town’ as Arklow welcomes two new places to shop and hang out

Happy Days at Maisie Kellys

Happy Days Coffee Shop on Coolgreaney Road opened last week to the delight of parents, shoppers and thirsty folk around Arklow. The new coffee shop is a breath of fresh air and fulfils the need for a pit stop at the top of the town.

19 year old Eimear Wolohan is at the helm and was delighted with the opportunity to take on the new venture during her summer break from college. The local woman who has just finished her 1st year of a Law and English Degree in Galway, says she is delighted to be home for the Summer and in a position to bring some daytime activity to this area of the town which apart from school times, doesn’t tend to have much footfall.

Choosing the name was easy as it’s one of her dad’s catchphrases and what a great name for a neighbourhood coffee stop!

Whether you are looking for your early morning caffeine fix or a mid afternoon cooler, Happy Days is a lovely little spot to break your journey. Choose to bask in the sun outside at their pretty pastel tables or for a break from the sun, the inside area is both cool and refreshing.

Sitting outside Happy Days, immediately across the road, you will see some beautiful blooms for sale. Everything from succulents to sunflowers and plenty inbetween. With regularly changing stock, this weeks highlights seem to be the hanging baskets, blooming hydrangeas and a whole host of cosmos. You’ll also find a decent range of cheap and cheerful kids toys for summer.

There seems to be something for everyone on Coolgreany Road and we couldn’t leave out the 1798 memorial stone located next door to Happy Days and adjacent to the Flower shop. The memorial stone was erected in the spot the Fr.Michael Murphy of Ballycanew was killed during the battle of Arklow. The battle which was commemorated last Friday, took place 225 years ago and is said that 20,000 people fought for their cause on Arklow’s Main street.

If this piques your interest, you can also find a monument to Michael Murphy at Arklow’s Parade ground or you can delve even deeper in Jim Rees’ in depth book, ‘Arklow – the story of a town’, available from Arklow Maritime Museum, Bridgewater Shopping Centre and Beat That Records, Main Street, Arklow.

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