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Denis Guiney

Denis Guiney (1893-1967) was one of the most remarkable Irishmen of his generation, who exerted through his business career a significant influence on the development of the economy and lifestyle of modern Ireland. As a draper, he rose from working in small country shops to become the owner of one of the country’s biggest enterprises, the largest private company then in Ireland, the successor to part of a commercial empire created by a series of earlier Irish entrepreneurs, which he transformed to serve the ever-increasing and ever-changing needs of the population of a new kind of Ireland. He is one of those whose lives have materially contributed to the creation of the country’s modern prosperity. Many talked airily of a ’New Ireland’. Denis Guiney helped create it.

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Table of Contents

Chronology Introduction Early Years, 1893-1908 The World of Work, 1908-21 In Business for Himself, 1921-40 The Making of a Department Store The Proprietor of Clerys, 1940-9 Through Leaner Years, 1950-9 A Whole New Scene, 1960-7 Conclusion Notes Select Bibliography Index.

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