Watch: Cookstown’s new St Vincent de Paul shop opens

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The president of St Vincent de Paul Cookstown has said he was ‘absolutely delighted’ with the turnout for the grand opening of their transformed charity shop on Sunday.

Denis Loughrey said the event “surpassed all of his expectations”, and as well as giving the entire community a chance learn about what services SVP provides, he said the shop did very well on the day.

Denis Loughry, president of Cookstown St. Vincent de Paul pictured with clergy who attended the official opening of the new look St. Vincent de Paul shop in Cookstown - Canon Porteus,  Fr Tremer, Rev. June Bradley, Rev. Isaac Thompson and Fr. Paddy Hughes. INMM16-550.

Denis Loughry, president of Cookstown St. Vincent de Paul pictured with clergy who attended the official opening of the new look St. Vincent de Paul shop in Cookstown - Canon Porteus, Fr Tremer, Rev. June Bradley, Rev. Isaac Thompson and Fr. Paddy Hughes. INMM16-550.

“It was like the January sales,” he told the Mail, “we had a big job restocking after they left.”

Representatives from Mid Ulster council, churches, schools and also MLAs came along to see Cookstown’s Father Tramere bless the newly refurbished building, before Mr Loughry explained what St Vincent de Paul does within the local community.

Since last summer, the society’s premises at Loy Street has undergone extensive renovation to convert the old building into a trendy, modern and bright shop which could rival any high street boutique - but without the high price tags.

It now boasts a spacious furniture showroom at the back, which offers great value quality stock including suites, beds, white goods, tables and chairs to meet every demand.

Since last summer, the society’s premises at Loy Street has undergone extensive renovation to convert the old building into a trendy, modern and bright shop

Mr Loughrey said: “We are really excited about how the upgrade has turned out.

“As well as being a great investment which will support us in our work to alleviate poverty in the area, we also see this new facility as a real hub for all the community with a coffee machine and a small soft-seating area in-store.”

The volunteers and committee of the Cookstown St. Vincent de Paul pictured in their newly refurbished premises in Chapel Street. INMM16-548.

The volunteers and committee of the Cookstown St. Vincent de Paul pictured in their newly refurbished premises in Chapel Street. INMM16-548.

A proud Cookstown St. Vincent de Paul President Denis Loughry outside the newly refurbished premises which were officially opened on Sunday afternoon. INMM16-547.

A proud Cookstown St. Vincent de Paul President Denis Loughry outside the newly refurbished premises which were officially opened on Sunday afternoon. INMM16-547.