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FoundedDungarvan, Co. Waterford
Defunct2007 (2007)
Key people
Brendan Darrer[1]

Darrers Stores was a department store and supermarket brand with outlets in Waterford, Dungarvan, Tramore and Carlow, in Ireland.[1] Operating as a grocers and drapers,[2] Darrers was reputedly one of the first stores to introduce the concept of a free plastic shopping bag. In some parts of Waterford and Carlow, "Darrers Bag" became a synonym for "plastic shopping bag",[3] and retained meme status following the store's closure.[4]

The store in Carlow closed in 2007 having traded on the main street, Tullow Street, for 40 years.[5] It followed the closure of the Waterford store earlier in the 2000s.


  1. ^ a b "Untimely death of prominent businessman Brendan Darrer". Munster Express. 15 November 2012. As a supermarket owner and retailer, Mr Darrer [..] prior to retiring from business, operated flagship stores in Waterford, Tramore, Dungarvan and Carlow
  2. ^ World Food Marketing Directory, Volume 1. Euromonitor. 1999. p. 352.
  3. ^ "End of an era as closure is imminent of Darrers". Nationalist and Leinster Times. 24 September 2004 – via Flickr. Ask any middle-aged person upwards for a plastic bag and the chances are they will refer to it as a Darrers bag
  4. ^ "Marc-Ivan's docudrama on Flann O'Brien and his Carlow Connections". Nationalist and Leinster Times. 4 April 2017 – via Flickr. From the Darrers bag to Corcoran's red lemonade, a wonderful glimpse of Carlow through the eyes of one of Ireland's greatest writers filled the airwaves last Saturday night
  5. ^ "Darrers to close". Carlow People. 1 October 2007. Archived from the original on 12 March 2014. Retrieved 12 March 2014.

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