Friday, 18 April 2014

Shock and sadness at Casey’s closure

Seamus Duke

The shocking news that one of Roscommon town’s best known and longest established businesses, Casey’s Auto Group closed its doors last Friday is still reverberating around the county.

Staff of the businesses in Roscommon, Carrick-on-Shannon and Athlone were informed of the shock closure at meetings on Friday evening last. In all 65 jobs have been lost as garages in Carrick-on-Shannon, Athlone and Roscommon town closed down following the appointment of a receiver to the business in the High Court on Friday last. Since Friday evening, representatives of the receiver have been on site in the various premises in Roscommon, Athlone and Carrick-on-Shannon.

Casey’s garage began business in Roscommon in the mid 1920’s and the family business became one of the best-known Ford dealerships in the country. In recent years the group opened dealerships in Athlone and Carrick on Shannon and the group branched out in recent years to include Kia, Honda and Volvo cars. At its peak Casey’s employed over 100 people and many of those laid off last week have been with the family firm for many decades.

In a statement issued to Roscommon People on Wednesday evening, Peter Casey acknowledged that these are challenging and traumatic times for everyone associated with the company and expressed thanks for the encouragement shown and messages of goodwill received by the family.

News of the closure of Casey’s garage comes in a week when the Central Statistics Office revealed that the sale of new cars has fallen by a whopping 73 percent in the first six months of 2009. In 2008 a total of 16,175 new cars were bought throughout the country but in the first six months of 2009 that figure is down to 4,355.