Friday December 13, 2019

A retail giant who had the common touch in spades

Feargal Quinn’s gift as a businessman was his eagerness to listen to his customers and find out exactly what they wanted from his stores, writes Ed Micheau

28th April, 2019
Feargal Quinn pictured at his home in Sutton, Co Dublin, in May 2016 Picture: Fergal Phillips

My memories of growing up in the Ballinteer area of south County Dublin are still sharp. At the edge of the outer suburbs, where just beyond lay a mix of rolling hills and farms, the place my parents made their home in the 1970s had a uniquely village-like feel to it.

Without a real main street, Ballinteer relied on a collection of local institutions such as the schools, sports clubs and church to recreate a...

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