Sligo Shops – M. Cosgrove and Son Delicatessen

M. CosgroveIt’s a while since I’ve done a blog about a Sligo shop. This one is well worth waiting for, in fact if you’ve never been to Sligo it’s worth coming just to visit this wonderful shop.

IMG_3612Cosgrove’s is one of Sligo’s oldest shops and was first opened as a restaurant/shop in 1898 by Michael Cosgrove senior. His son Kevin took over the business and expanded the range of food and was in fact the first person to sell ice cream in Sligo. It’s now run by Kevin’s son Michael Cosgrove with the help of Pauline.

Michael CosgroveMichael and Pauline are both very helpful and you are guaranteed a warm welcome. Pauline is very camera-shy (hence why she isn’t in the photo).

Cosgrove DelicatessenStepping into the shop is like stepping back in time. You will find all kinds of everything in this wonderful treasure trove of a shop, in fact there is more choice than you would find in most leading supermarkets and of course you get the personal service and your goodies wrapped in a brown paper bag.

NutsApologies if this post makes you feel hungry!

IMG_3682You’ll find hams, cheeses, olives, salads, pasta, nuts, cereal and all kinds of gluten-free products here, along with the personal touch that money can’t buy.

IMG_3631My thanks to Michael and Pauline for letting me take photos.  The rest of my photos are here.



9 thoughts on “Sligo Shops – M. Cosgrove and Son Delicatessen

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  1. Absolutely agree with every word of praise you wrote about this brilliant, wonderful shop, Val. I don’t get to Sligo town as much as I’d like to, but if I lived closer….ohhhh…..Cosgrove’s would be a daily shopping experience for me, without a doubt. Everything and anything a foodie could ever ask for is in this shop. I love it. I love the fact that there are even shops like this still in existence…a ‘real’ shop, with REAL food…and good food…delicious food…And the displays and the shelving…and the deli counter…mmmmm…..I think I will stop over there tomorrow on our way back from Rathcormac (and possibly have a bite to eat in one of our two favourite pubs in Sligo – Hargadon’s).

    And yes, I agree completely about the very friendly and genuine help you get whenever you walk into Cosgrove’s. Helpful and very welcoming, no matter what you’re looking for, both Michael and Pauline are both lovely and friendly and – there’s that word again – real. It’s the closest thing to a wonderful general store or mercantile from times gone by. Long may this shop continue to be here for us. Thank you, Mr. Cosgrove Sr., for opening up such a wonderful (how many times have I used that word in this reply so far?) shop back in 1898.

    And thank you, Val, for the wonderful photos and a great blog post about a true delight and precious gem of a shop.

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