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Pat McDonagh: Portrait of an unheralded tycoon

Supermac’s employs more people in Ireland than most multinationals. Now, in the face of opposition from global giant McDonald’s, it looks set to expand overseas

7th May, 2017

Beating the morning traffic on the M50 and arriving at the new Galway Plaza motorway service stop at the appointed hour to meet one of Ireland’s most unsung business heroes required a pre-dawn departure and a very large beaker of coffee. There’s any number of options for coffee on the capital’s busy roads long before you head west into Supermac’s country.

So when Supermac’s founder and managing...

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