Denis Guiney Jacket Image
List Price:
Discount Price:

Denis Guiney

Peter Costello (author)
Paperback / softback,
Publication date:
21st November 2008

Author Biography

Peter Costello, a graduate of the University of Michigan, is a writer with an interest in the cultural and commercial history of modern Ireland. He is the author of over twenty books, among them The Heart Grown Brutal: The Irish Revolution in Literature from Parnell to the Death of Yeats, 1891-1939 (Dublin, 1974) and The Very Heart of the City: The Story of Denis Guiney and Clerys (Dublin, 1992, co-authored with Tony Farmar). He is well known for his books on Joycean matters, the most recent of which is John Stanislaus Joyce (London, 1997; New York, 1998, co-authored with John Wyse Jackson).


Denis Guiney (1893-1967) was one of the most remarkable Irishmen of his generation, who exerted through his business career a significant influence on the development of the economy and lifestyle of modern Ireland. As a draper, he rose from working in small country shops to become the owner of one of the country's biggest enterprises, the largest private company then in Ireland, the successor to part of a commercial empire created by a series of earlier Irish entrepreneurs, which he transformed to serve the ever-increasing and ever-changing needs of the population of a new kind of Ireland. He is one of those whose lives have materially contributed to the creation of the country's modern prosperity. Many talked airily of a 'New Ireland'. Denis Guiney helped create it.