Mick Moriarty, The Baldy Barber, has announced that his business is set to close. Photo: The Baldy Barber

The Baldy Barber cut short

After 87 years, a beloved Cork institution is set to close its doors, as Mick Moriarty revealed earlier this week that his business, The Baldy Barber in Blackpool, is for sale.

Established in February 1937 by Mick’s late father Peter, the premises was initially located at number 20 Merchants Quay. “It grew into more than just a hairdressing salon. It became a place where stories were shared, laughter echoed, and bonds were formed,” said Mick in a post shared to social media.

Challenging business conditions along with less customers has led Mick to make the decision to hang up his scissors. “The familiar hum of clippers and the lively conversations have dwindled over time,” he said.

“The absence of customers in the chairs has led us to this difficult crossroads. Despite our efforts to adapt and weather the changing times, it is apparent that the landscape of our beloved community has shifted, and the bustling energy that once filled our salon has waned,” he added.

Despite the September VAT increases affecting hair salons, Mick remained steadfast in keeping his haircut prices at €16. Unfortunately, the value offered to customers wasn’t enough to save the business, and Mick said that he and his family are “deeply saddened” by the upcoming sale.

“As the prospect of selling looms, I reflect on the countless haircuts, shared jokes, and the sense of camaraderie that defined The Baldy Barbers. It has been an honour serving this community for all these years, and I am deeply grateful for the memories created within these walls,” he added.

The business will remain open until a sale has been confirmed, he said.