Saturday 24 June 2017

Famous city grocer leaves €32m in will

Liam Collins

Liam Collins

A well-known grocer from Swords, Co Dublin, has left an estate valued at more than €32m.

Joseph Columbanus Savage, who was known as JC, died in April 2010. He was a sixth-generation grocer in Swords and featured in an episode of the RTE television series of 'Retail Therapy' with friend senator Feargal Quinn.

"I'm a great believer in the old Denis Guiney approach: pile 'em high and sell 'em cheap," he said on the show.

Mr Savage went into retail after finishing school at O'Connell's CBS in central Dublin.

In 1977 he opened his own small shopping centre at Rathbeale Road in Swords and a decade later he rebuilt it, bringing in Dunnes Stores as a tenant -- but stipulating that it could not sell groceries.

Apart from running his retail empire quietly and efficiently, he was a follower of the Dublin football team and a regular race-goer to Leopardstown and Cheltenham race-courses.

He was also a 'silent' partner in the well-known racehorse Flashing Steel, which raced in the colours of the late Taoiseach Charles Haughey.

Mr Savage died at the age of 66 from a virus he caught while abroad some years previously.

He was survived by his wife and nine children.

Documents lodged in the Probate Office state that Mr Savage, a retired grocer of Rathbeale Road, Swords, Co Dublin, who died on April 2, 2010, left estate valued at €32,866,026.

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