BRENDAN and Asta Kelly operated three shops under the Irland Haus brand in two of Germany's most beautiful and exclusive resorts.
The couple had two shops in the affluent island of Sylt in north Germany, which has long been a playground for Germany's wealthiest inhabitants, including tennis star Boris Becker and model Claudia Schiffer.
They also had a shop in Rottach-Egern on the shores of Lake Tegernsee in Bavaria, which is about 2,000km south of Sylt.
Brendan Kelly (71) and his German-born wife Asta (63) were more recently involved in Dublin-based Galaseta, together with a German couple.
It was set up in 2006 and dissolved in 2009. Galaseta appears to have been used for marketing purposes and posted modest losses during its short lifetime.
It is not clear whether the Kellys owned their properties in Sylt but the island's fame would have ensured a high price when the Irland Haus shops were sold.
Sylt gained some recognition abroad recently when it was used by director Roman Polanski to film 'The Ghost Writer', but is better known within Germany for huge waves, thatched cottages, nudist beaches and a lively night life.
The few streets in the island's main town of Kampen are lined with boutiques from the world's most famous luxury brands, such as Hermes, Bogner, Cartier and Bulgari.
Irland Haus also had a branch in eastern Sylt, which is the island's arts and crafts centre and a home to potters, weavers, goldsmiths, glass blowers, tile-makers and other artists.