Our founder Ben Dunne was born in 1908 in Rostrevor, Down. He worked hard even as a boy, picking berries and helping out in a butcher’s. Dunne hoped to save up the fare to emigrate to America, to seek his fortune. However, his ambitions changed when his talent and drive were noticed by a local businessman, who offered him a place as an apprentice draper in Anderson’s of Drogheda in 1926. He later described this as the “turning point” in his life. Dunne initially worked for 3 months without pay before earning just 50 shillings a week. He travelled the country learning the textiles trade, ending up in Roches Stores, Cork. It was there that he met his wife Nora. They were to be married 44 years and had 6 children.