The Unhappy Ring House


This afternoon.

Grafton Street, Dublin 2.

Sophia writes:

Weir & Sons has made the difficult decision to close its doors and move to appointment only for the first time in 151 years.

Customers can still shop online on the Weir & Sons website where business is operating as usual. The decision was made with the safety of all staff and the well-being of customers in mind during the COVID-19 period.


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26 thoughts on “The Unhappy Ring House

      1. jamesjoist

        is that a reference to the rude old ” don’t stand outside scratching your behind, come inside and pick your ring in comfort”

      2. Slightly Bemused

        That gave me a laugh! It reminded me of when I was with my then soon to be now ex wife choosing rings. We did that in Dublin, and indeed hit Weirs. Eventually we bought ours on Henry Street in a shop whose name I forget (it is still there, and I know which one it is, just not the name).
        But from the door of that shop we could clearly see the now lit up sign for The Happy Ring House. This was pre-Spire, and she is American, and as light was fading, the sign really glowed.
        At one point her eye was caught by the delightful animation of the neon. After a gasp and a moment of incredulity, she turned to me and simply said “I don’t care where we get our rings, so long as it is not there!” So we chose the shop we were outside.

          1. Slightly Bemused

            Thank you for your kind thoughts.

            It was hell, but I have a beautiful daughter for the experience. You can take a lot with that as a reward :)

          2. Janet, I ate my avatar

            sorry to hear it was tough, people really underestimate the impact, I literally left a note on the kitchen table and got on a plain to NZ,
            all the best for the future !!!

          3. Cian

            Narrator: suddenly Slightly Bemused realised that Janet (I ate my avatar) was his ex-wife who had abandoned him and his daughter in the middle of doing the wash-up. He still wonders why she brought the yellow marigolds® to New Zealand.

  1. Harry M

    Did anyone pick up one of their anniversary Patek’s? One for the collection but not the most beautiful watch in my opinion, although it does feel good on the wrist. Still, impressive getting them made

      1. Slightly Bemused

        Burger King will probably close soon, spelling the death knell of beef farmers in the country (and no, I am not being ironic)

        Boots ill probably go to 24 hours selling Lemsip and Benylin buy the job lot.

        1. Cian

          I heard this – but if people aren’t getting fast food surely they will still need some food. Will they not buy meat from the butcher/supermarket instead?

          Either way, 90% of the meat is for export – so it will be the rest of Europe not buying Irish beef that would destroy the farmers.

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