First Person: Tom Monaghan

First Person: Tom Monaghan
Tom Monaghan, PIcture: Feargal Ward

Tom Monaghan, 92, cashmere retailer, Dublin

When Tom Monaghan, a farmer’s son from Tuam Co Galway, started his cashmere shop in Dublin, a ladies’ twinset cost 5 pounds 5 shillings. Fifty years later it costs €300. One of seven children, Monaghan was raised by his mother after his father died aged only 51. Today, named Ireland’s oldest retailer, Monaghan continues to travel to Scotland to source the finest cashmere products for his international retail business. He expresses his love of the...

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