Shop Street, Galway
Irish traditional music has a spiritual hub on Galway's Shop Street.
The street has also been the home and workplace for ordinary Irish people who have seen their city and traditions change remarkably down through the years.
Mary moved from Clare to Galway in the late 1950s. She has managed to build a business empire up from a souvenir stall in the Great Southern Hotel to a much sought after store, The Treasure Chest, on Shop Street. She keeps an eye on the street from her lofty office, hoping that it doesn't lose too much of its traditions.
| Jimmy Griffin:
Jimmy is fourth generation of Griffin's Bakers, established in 1876. He tried to break the apron strings in the 1980s when he moved to America, but returned to Shop Street to help the family business. Even though he has brought in some modern innovations it is still a traditional bakery serving the every day needs of Galwegians. He hopes that a fifth generation will carry on the business.
| Pat McPhilbin:
Pat as a young boy he worked in a bakery on Shop Street, and many years later is back cleaning the streets for the Galway Corporation. Life for him has come full circle but he is proud of his job and loves his city. Every day he carries out his job to a soundtrack of classical music.