Belfast Telegraph

Irish retail mogul Quinn dies after short illness

Feargal Quinn founded Superquinn (Niall Carson/PA)
Feargal Quinn founded Superquinn (Niall Carson/PA)

By Donal O'Donovan

Feargal Quinn, one of Ireland's best-know businessmen, has passed away following a short illness.

Mr Quinn, who was the founder of supermarket chain Superquinn, was aged 82 and is survived by his wife Denise Quinn, their five children and 19 grandchildren.

In a short statement, the Quinn family said the former Senator had passed away peacefully at home in Howth, Co Dublin.

"First and foremost Feargal was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, and brother.

"To everyone else who knew him, he was an ebullient businessman, entrepreneur, innovator and former Senator," the family said.

He is best known for founding the Superquinn chain which pioneered new levels of customer service and innovation in the Irish retail sector and which he successfully sold to a consortium of investors for €420m (£362m) in 2005.

Superquinn was subsequently bought by the Musgrave family's Supervalu chain.

As well as working in the private sector, Mr Quinn was active in the public sector on numerous boards including as chairman of An Post until 1989.

He was elected to the Senate on the National University of Ireland panel and served as an Independent Senator from 1993 to 2016, where he was recognised as a strong voice for Ireland's business community.

Mr Quinn was born in Dublin in 1936 to a family with links to Newry, Co Down.

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