Coming a long way

Serial entrepreneur Declan Fearon is proud of his role in turning around Tipperary Crystal – ‘an old fuddy-duddy that needed a kick in the backside’

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
19th September, 2009

Four years ago, serial entrepreneur Declan Fearon received a telephone cal l from NCB Stockbrokers asking him whether he was interested in a punt. The Ryan family were looking for an investor for Tipperary Crystal, an ailing brand that was haemorrhaging cash.

Fearon spotted an opportunity in a business he described as ‘‘old, fuddyduddy and in need of a kick in the backside’’.

‘‘With my bookmaking background, I was interested in...

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