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'I hope his country realises how much he did for it' - Penneys founder Arthur Ryan passes by store for final time

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The funeral cortege for Penneys/Primark founder Arthur Ryan makes its way past the location of the first ever Penneys store, on Mary Street, Dublin.
Picture By David Conachy.  13/7/2019

The funeral cortege for Penneys/Primark founder Arthur Ryan makes its way past the location of the first ever Penneys store, on Mary Street, Dublin. Picture By David Conachy. 13/7/2019

Arthur Ryan

Arthur Ryan

Ryan and wife Alma Carroll

Ryan and wife Alma Carroll

The funeral cortege for Penneys/Primark founder Arthur Ryan makes its way past the location of the first ever Penneys store, on Mary Street, Dublin.
Picture By David Conachy.  13/7/2019

The funeral cortege for Penneys/Primark founder Arthur Ryan makes its way past the location of the first ever Penneys store, on Mary Street, Dublin. Picture By David Conachy. 13/7/2019

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The funeral cortege for Penneys/Primark founder Arthur Ryan makes its way past the location of the first ever Penneys store, on Mary Street, Dublin. Picture By David Conachy. 13/7/2019

Legendary retail tycoon Arthur Ryan, creator of the Penneys/Primark clothing chain “loved his country and I hope his country realises how much he did for it”, said the CEO of Associated British Foods George Weston at his funeral in Dublin yesterday.

He said the retailer who died on Monday last was a man of contradictions, “He was fascinating to be with – he was shy but could dominate a room, ne didn’t suffer fools gladly, but he helped those in need and he was a hard man but a big softie”, said Mr. Weston in his eulogy at the beginning of the funeral mass in The Church of The Sacred Heart, Donnybrook.

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Alma Carroll-Ryan and her daughter Jessica at the funeral mass of her husband Arthur Ryan at the Church of the Sacred Heart, Donnybrook.
Pic:Mark Condren
13.7.2019

Alma Carroll-Ryan and her daughter Jessica at the funeral mass of her husband Arthur Ryan at the Church of the Sacred Heart, Donnybrook. Pic:Mark Condren 13.7.2019

Alma Carroll-Ryan and her daughter Jessica at the funeral mass of her husband Arthur Ryan at the Church of the Sacred Heart, Donnybrook. Pic:Mark Condren 13.7.2019

He said Mr. Ryan was a great business builder. “We supported you because you were the greatest business leader we ever knew” he said


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