Ben Dunne

Tributes paid as business tycoon Ben Dunne dies aged 74

Former Dunnes Stores director, an outsized figure in Irish business for decades, died in Dubai of a heart attack

Ben Dunne: The Irish businessman has died aged 74. Picture: Bryan Meade

Ben Dunne, the Irish entrepreneur, former Dunnes Stores director and founder of an established chain of Irish gyms, has died aged 74.

The Cork-born entrepreneur, part of the Dunne dynasty, died of a suspected heart attack in Dubai.

The Department of Foreign Affairs told the Business Post in a statement on Saturday that it was “aware of the death of an Irish citizen in Dubai”.

In a social media post, Dunne’s son Robert said: “‘My ...