Dearly Departed

Feargal Quinn who opened first Superquinn in Dundalk has died

Businessman and former senator passed away after short illness

Donard McCabe

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Donard McCabe

Fergal Quinn who opened first Superquinn in Dundalk has died

Feargal Quinn who opened first Superquinn in Dundalk has died

Feargal Quinn, the businessman who founded the Superquinn supermarket chain in Dundalk in 1960 has passed away, according to reports in today's Irish Independent.

Fergal Quinn opened the first Superquinn in Dundalk in 1960, when it was called Quinns Supermarkets

Mr Quinn, who was aged 82, has passed away following a short illness, say the Irish Independent.

Along with founding the Superquinn supermarket chain, he served as a Senator from the National University of Ireland constituency from 1993 to 2016.

He has also had a prolific media career. In 2009 RTE aired a six-part television series where he worked with independent shops called Fergal Quinn's Retail Therapy. Two further series were run in 2011 and 2012.

Throughout his career he received numerous awards, including a papal knighthood, was a fellow of the French Order of Merit, and was the recipient of five honorary doctorates from education institutions.

May he rest in peace.