Eamon Ryan and his brother Tony launched their timber company, Connaught Timber Products, in 1978.
Eamon Ryan had been working as a safety officer at a local lead and zinc mine near the village of Tynagh, near Loughrea in Co Galway. The mine closed in 1980, and Ryan was loath to leave home to find other work.
‘‘I was a bit of a home bird and saw no reason to leave and why would you, there are...
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