It is a profoundly successful Irish retailer, an epic business success story and one of the country’s biggest employers – but the bosses behind Dunnes Stores do not court attention. Instead, the retailer is ruled tightly and quietly by matriarch Margaret Heffernan, who in the early 1990s took over the business founded by her father, Ben Dunne.
A “shopping frenzy” ensued when the first Dunnes Stores opened on Patrick Street in Cork in...
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