McElhinney's of Athboy, one of the best known clothes shops in the country, has closed down.

Around 12 people have lost their jobs with the closure.

Molly McElhinney opened shop in 1930s

Founded by Molly McElhinney in the mid 1930s, the shop grew over the years and at one stage employed over 80 people, but the Co Meath shop shut its doors over the weekend for the last time.

In the past during the annual sales gardaí would have to divert traffic around Athboy due to the large crowds trying to get into the premises on Main Street.

The business proved hugely popular attracting customers from as far away as Cork and Kerry and also with families preparing for weddings.

The brides could get their dresses ordered, and the mother of the bride would also be fitted out, while the men would be sent to the nearby McElhinney's Menswear shop.

However, in recent years the business has experienced financial difficulties.

A German shoe company got a High Court order winding up the firm last week and it finally closed its doors on Saturday evening.

The closure will also have a huge impact on Athboy as it still attracted some people to the area.

McElhinney's Menswear also in Athboy is not affected by the closure and is still trading, so too is McElhinney's of Ballybofey.