‘Ireland’s Oldest Retailer’ Tom Monaghan (94) delighted to reopen

It was all joy and smiles at Monaghans Cashmere on Dublin City’s South Anne street as veteran retailer Tom Monaghan (94) reopened his store following the covid-19 lockdown.

Monaghans Cashmere marks 60 years in business this year and this was the first time in its history that the store had been shut.

An emotional Tom said he was very happy to be back in business and that he had found the past 12 weeks very difficult.

‘Ive been very out of sorts and I’ve missed our brilliant staff and our wonderful customers enormously. Coming into work is very important to me and I’ve been looking forward to this day for a long time.’

‘I’ve been through three recessions and some difficult times, but we never closed the store. I never thought we would see anything like a health pandemic of this nature. I hope and pray that the country can get back on its feet as soon as possible,’ he added.

Monaghans cashmere was founded in 1960 by tom and his late wife Teresa, who passed away last year.

Their dream was to source and sell the finest quality cashmere and wool garments and they have been doing exactly that ever since.

With a range of luxury cashmere and knits for both men and women. Monaghans has been enjoyed by three generations of customers from across Ireland and a wide international customer base built up from tourists visiting the store over the past 60 years, many of whom have become personal friends of Tom and his family.

Today, Tom is joined in the business by his daughter Suzanne, who has designed a range of contemporary styles for the younger market which has been extremely successful.

PIC JULIEN BEHAL PHOTOGRAPHY 94 yr old Tom Monaghan (centre) with his daughter Suzanne (right) and Grandaughter Michaela (left) and staff members John Riley and Maria Borza at the re-opening of Monaghans Cashmere store on South Anne Street,Dublin following closure due to Covid-19 . The store was founded 60 years ago by Tom Monaghan who at 94 years of age is Ireland’s Oldest Retailer.

Toms grandchildren, who are students, also work in the store at weekends and at busy times, bringing a third generation of Monaghans into the business.

The store manager John Reilly has worked with the family for the past 37 years.

Here’s to many more years success for their business.