LONDON — Dr. Brendan O’Regan, founder of the world’s first duty free shop, has died at the age of 90.
O’Regan, who also was known for his work in support of peace in Ireland, in 1950 established a duty free shop in Ireland’s Shannon Airport, the first initiative of its kind.
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Born in Sixmilebridge, Ireland, in 1917, O’Regan during his lifetime received a plethora of accolades for his work promoting tourism and peace in Ireland. In 1978, he founded Co-Operation North (now known as Co-Operation Ireland), an organization whose goal is to encourage economic, cultural and social cooperation between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
He established the Irish Peace Institute in 1984 and was honored as a Commander of the British Empire in 1993.