I came back from Morocco to the suckass news that Road Records is closing down: Road Records - A message from the staff (on Thumped). Road Records is a likeable indie record shop in Dublin, probably the shop here for which I feel most affection, though I feel a certain guilt at how most of my recent purchases have been in Tower, Spindizzy, and Claddagh.
I had hoped that all this death of the record store stuff would actually mean that big chains died and the niche stores lived on, but it looks like maybe the indies are going down too. This is a shame, obviously. I can't speak for the young people, but I foresee losing a lot of engagement with music if there stop being record shops in which to look at records.