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13th Jul 2019

Penneys staff form guard of honour outside first store for late founder Arthur Ryan

Keeley Ryan

The ‘visionary’ Penneys founder passed away earlier this week.

Penneys staff members formed a guard of honour today [July 13] as the funeral procession of Arthur Ryan passed by the high street retailer’s first store.

According to RTÉ, the procession moved up the capital’s Jervis Street, before going by the Penneys’ Mary Street store.

Staff formed a guard of honour, with applause said to have broken out – among both staff members past and present – as the procession went by.

It then turned onto Parnell Street, before before travelling to the Church of the Sacred Heart, Donnybrook for the funeral mass.

It was announced earlier this week that Mr. Ryan had passed away at the age of 83.

The Irish retail pioneer passed away after a short illness, the company has confirmed.

He founded Primark in 1969 and ran it as chief executive for 40 years, before stepping down from the role ten years ago and becoming chairman.

Primark chief executive Paul Marchant paid tribute to Mr. Ryan, describing him as an innovator.

“Arthur Ryan was a truly gifted retailer and a visionary leader.

“He was a true retail pioneer. He innovated and was never complacent, despite many successes.

“He challenged us all to be the best we can be.

“His legacy will continue in the business that he founded and built.

“Those of us who worked closely with him will cherish his friendship and wisdom and he will be hugely missed by all of his Primark family.”