Doherty’s Medical Hall History
The building currently occupied by Doherty’s Pharmacy was originally leased by Robert Talbot. In 1855, Griffiths listed Robert as a merchant who occupied the building until circa. 1901. His family business continued into the 1950’s as Talbot’s Drapery Shop, Irish House (I R I).
First Pharmacist William Reilly S Gilbert 1870 – 1941
The 1901 census recorded that the Gilbert Family with their son, William Reilly S Gilbert occupied The Medical Hall, High St, Westport by 1901. The building was described as a substantial building with ten rooms. According to the Mayo News archives, William continued working in the pharmacy until 1910.
Second Pharmacist John Joseph Connolly 1884 – Not Recorded
Born in Cork, John Connolly aged 27, was proprietor and chemist at the Medical Hall from 1920 to 1937. He also owned pharmacies in Newport and Louisburgh. His Grandfather was John Connolly, a Psychiatrist in Castlebar.
Third Pharmacist Charles Joseph Doherty 1905 – 1983
Charles, originally from Drogheda, was the proprietor of the Medical Hall from 1937 until 1974. He also had a pharmacy in Newport.
Fourth Pharmacist Bláthnaid (Bláth) Gannon (nee Hughes)
Bláth, a native of Westport, was the owner and pharmacist of the Medical Hall from 1974 until 2014. Bláth was renowned for her genial personality and ‘way’ with people. She passed away on 16th October 2014 following a short illness.
Fifth Pharmacist Eoghan O’Connell
Eoghan, a native of Swinford and a nephew of Bláth, purchased Doherty’s Pharmacy in late 2014. Eoghan also owns and manages O’Connell’s Medical Hall (Est 1930) in Swinford, Co Mayo.
Pharmacist & Owner
Eoghan O’Connell purchased Doherty’s Pharmacy in 2014. Eoghan is a nephew of Bláthnaid Gannon (nee Hughes) who owned and managed the pharmacy since 1974.
Pharmacist & ManagerElaine started working with Doherty’s Pharmacy in 2015.
Sales AssistantMaura has worked with Doherty’s Pharmacy for over 29 years.
Sales AssistantShelley has worked with Doherty’s Pharmacy for over 8 years.