History

The Cope was founded in the year 1906, in a Small Rural Community on the outskirts of Dungloe by Paddy (Pat Bán) Gallagher, who later became known worldwide as: Paddy The Cope.

Having spent time hired on farms in the Lagan valley and in Scotland, Paddy saw that there were alternative ways of living and subsidising a family's income. The local people were at the mercy of the landlords and shop keepers. Paddy used his knowledge to obtain firstly fertilizers. Paddy then moved into other varieties of goods and services, which necessitated a premises to operate from.

Paddy & his wife emigrating to Scotland
Paddy & his wife emigrating to Scotland

This led to the opening of the first shop in the town land of Cleendra and The Cope was born.


Clockwise from Top Left : Original Share Certificate, Paddy outside the Original Cope, Cyril Winder (Manager) in 1976 with the 14 Half Crowns used to build The Cope & the Original Committee


The Cope in 1912 and in 1979


Paddy The Cope expanded The Cope through Soap Mines & Quarrying, A Bakery, Knitting Factory & more!


The Business also expanded to include New Branches in Burtonport & Maghery, as seen above and also in Narin, Kincasslagh, Annagry, Lettermacaward & Meenbanad


The Paddy The Cope story is so unique it has been documented in numerous books, including his own Autobiography.

Today with over 100 employees and a turnover of €15 million, The Cope stands as a monument to Paddy's drive and determination.

The Cope Celebrated 100 years in business in 2006 & Paddy's achievements were honoured by An Post on a postage stamp.


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