Tycoons: The first global Irish entrepreneur

Tony Ryan set only one standard for himself in any field that interested him: perfection. This article appeared following his death

1st October, 2017
Tony Ryan, the founder of Ryanair, poses for a portrait at his home near Tipperary in 1992 Pic: Getty

Tony Ryan’s greatest gifts were, perhaps, his sweeping creativity, boundless energy and indomitable spirit. He brought these qualities to bear on far more than the entrepreneurial businesses associated with his name. A driven, restless man, he had a rare capacity to constantly renew and develop himself.

He soaked up ideas and knowledge from everyone who interested him. These were many. While basically shy and hard to get to know, Ryan made enduring friendships...

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