I spotted this ghostsign in Lahinch over the holidays. It got me thinking as to the word ‘Victualler’.
I remember it on some of the older butchers when growing up. When I checking for this blog entry, I learnt and realised.
I learnt that a ‘victualler’ was not only a butcher’s shop – as had been my experience. It extended to any shop selling food or drink.
I realised that, excluding those in the English Market, O’Flynn’s is the only butchers in the city centre. Olden’s of Liberty Street and Prince’s Street are now part of heritage only.
“victualler or (US) victualer noun, formal 1 a shopkeeper selling food and drink. 2 (in full licensed victualler) Brit a publican licensed to sell food and alcoholic liquor for consumption on the premises. 3 a ship carrying supplies for another ship.”