A Toast to “Dr Duty Free”

Daily Mail, Tuesday, January 16, 2007

The man who invented duty-free shopping is to be honoured with an exhibition in his native county next month.

Dr Brendan O’Regan set up the world’s first discount outlet for transatlantic passengers at Shannon Airport in 1950 and the concept immediately swept the globe.

The exhibition for the 90-year old, who was also awarded a CBE in Britain for his work for peace, opens at the Clare Museum in Ennis on February 8.

In 1978, Dr O’Regan founded Co-operation North (now Co-operation Ireland) and in 1984, he established the Irish peace Institute at the University of Limerick.

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