Who We Are?

The Retail Excellence Board is made up of Owners and Managing Directors of some of Ireland's most progressive and engaging retailers.

Colm Carroll

Chairman of Retail Excellence. Chairman, Carrolls Irish Gifts

Colm Carroll is Chairman of Carrolls Irish Gifts.  Established in 1982, Carrolls employ a team of 270 staff and have 13 stores spread between Dublin, Cork and Belfast.  Colm is married to Annette and has 5 children, one of whom (Jonathan) works in the business.

Oonagh O’Hagan

Managing Director, Meagher’s Pharmacy Group

Oonagh O’ Hagan is the owner and Managing Director of the Meagher’s Pharmacy group. Oonagh holds a BSc degree in Pharmacy from Trinity College and qualified in 1996. There are now six Meagher’s Pharmacies in Dublin with over forty dedicated employees including ten pharmacists. The Meagher’s Pharmacy Group has won many awards including the JCI friendly business award in 2010 and they are the proud employer of the Young Pharmacist of the Year 2011, Eugene Renehan.

Roisin Woods

Senior Manager Marketing and eCommerce, McElhinneys

Roisin is Senior Manager of Marketing and eCommerce for McElhinneys. Having recently launched two websites – www.mcelhinneys.com and www.mcelhinneysbridalrooms.com – McElhinneys were voted Best Independent Department Store in the UK and Ireland 2015 by Drapers and Best eCommerce Website 2015 at the Retail Excellence Awards.

JP Kennedy

Managing Director, TileStyle

JP Kennedy, Managing Director of TileStyle, has over 20 years experience within the retail and construction related industries within Ireland and the UK. TileStyle is a dynamic family owned business and is one of Ireland’s driving forces within the retail Tile, Flooring and Bathroom sectors. With over 30 years experience providing our customers with the finest quality products and excellent service, we continue to work hard to innovate and adapt to a constantly changing environment. Our mission is to have the very best people working for TileStyle so as to always exceed our customers expectations. JP is married to Sandy and lives in Co Wicklow.

Paul Kealy

Owner, Tony Kealy’s

Paul is the owner of Tony Kealys. Tony Kealys are the largest independent nursery chain in Ireland with 4 stores, 2 in Dublin, 1 in Cork and 1 in Belfast. Tony Kealys are a second generation family business who are renowned for good customer service. Paul is married to Alison with 4 children and they live in Dublin.

David Myers

Head of Group Operations, Heatons

David Myers is Head of Group Operations for Heatons.The group consists of 52 Heatons stores and 39 sports stores (Sports World – ROI | SportsDirect.com- N.I.) which trade in both the Republic Of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The business has been trading for 65 years and is renowned for unbeatable value and quality products. Heatons currently employ a team of 2,000 dedicated staff who are focused on delivering outstanding value and service to their customers. David is married to Zena and lives in Stillorgan, Co. Dublin.

Patrick McCormack

Managing Director, Sam McCauley Chemists

The Sam McCauley Chemist Group is the largest 100% Irish owned pharmacy group and currently has in excess of 550 employees in 28 stores.

Patrick is the Managing Director of Sam McCauley Chemists.

Fergal Doyle

Co-Owner & CCO at Arboretum Home and Garden Heaven

Fergal is the Co-Owner and CCO at Arboretum a dynamic family run business founded over 40 years ago with two stores one in Leighlinbridge, Co Carlow & a new store in Kilquade, Co Wicklow. Commitment to excellence in customer service, store design and continuous innovation has earned the Arboretum the coveted title of National Company of the Year 2016 and National Store of the Year 2015 by Retail Excellence. Fergal’s strengths lie in strategic business and marketing strategy with exceptional focus on customer service.

Fergal is married to Kim, has two children and lives in Co Carlow.

Luke Moriarty

Owner and Managing Director of the SuperValu Moriarty Group

Luke Moriarty is owner and Managing Director of The Moriarty Group, based in Palmerstown, in Dublin 20.

With interests in the independent supermarket sector, hotels, and property, The Moriarty Group employs over 600 people.
Luke Moriarty’s career in the retail sector began in Dublin in 1976, with Dunnes Stores.

He founded The Moriarty Group in 1987, when he opened his own SuperValu in Crumlin, followed by further Moriarty’s SuperValu supermarkets in Palmerstown in 1988, Balbriggan in 1991, Finglas in 1992, and Skerries in 1996. Luke is also Postmaster at two of the supermarket locations.

The Moriarty Group was involved in developing the stores, and many of the shopping centres in which they are located, as well as ongoing refurbishment and extension of the retail and hospitality business interests.
From Kerry, Luke Moriarty’s three adult children, Laura, James and Yvonne Moriarty are all involved in the family business, with Laura Moriarty in the role of company operations director.

Luke Moriarty also operates Balbriggan’s landmark four-star Bracken Court Hotel, and the four-star Court Yard Hotel in Leixlip, County Kildare.
A keen sports fan, Luke is a big GAA supporter, and was named 2013 Kerry Person of the Year by the Kerry Association in Dublin. He has served as Chairman of the Kerry Association and the Kerry Supporters Club, as well as on various retailer boards within the Musgrave Group, and independent trade associations.

Luke Moriarty is currently President of Balbriggan Chamber of Commerce.
From the foundation of his business nearly thirty years ago, through the difficult trading conditions of recent years, Luke Moriarty has held strongly to his conviction of reinvesting in business and people, enhancing the customer experience, and securing employment.

Richard Wehrly

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Richard is a director of Wehrly Bros.,a fourth generation family jewellers in Sligo. Richard has degree in Marketing from Dublin Institute of Technology and has completed jewellery diplomas including the Professional Jewellers Diploma from the National Association of Jewellers and has achieved DGA status from the Gemmological Association of Great Britain. In 2016, he became president of the Retail Jewellers of Ireland.

Lorraine Higgins

Head of Public Affairs and Communications, Retail Excellence

Lorraine Higgins is Head of Public Affairs and Communications with Retail Excellence, Coming from a family who are generations in retail she is also a qualified barrister and a former Senator who served in the 24th Seanad following her nomination by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny.  She is a graduate of NUIG and The Honorable Society of King’s Inns and has worked as a barrister and law lecturer.

davidfDavid Fitzsimons

Chief Executive Officer, Retail Excellence 

David Fitzsimons is Chief Executive Officer of Retail Excellence. David was involved with the establishment of Retail Excellence in 1995, when he worked with South Dublin Chamber of Commerce. David oversees the strategic direction and operations of this not for profits organisation. Retail Excellence is Ireland’s largest retail industry body representing the interests of 1,600 leading companies who employ 110,000 people in the Irish market. David sits on a number of global retail committees including the NRF Global Retail Council.

Our Trustees

Sharen McCabe

Managing Director, McCabe’s Pharmacy Group

Sharen McCabe is Managing Director of McCabe’s Pharmacy Group. McCabe’s is synonymous with best retail practice and operates twenty three stores in Ireland, primarily in the east coast. McCabe’s is a leading provider of healthcare products and services. Sharen is married to Jeff and lives in Dublin.

Kevin Jephson

Director, Ardkeen Quality Food Store

Kevin Jephson is Director of Ardkeen Quality Food Store in Waterford. Ardkeen Quality Food Store is now a second generation food retail business and is respected for specialising in locally sourced foods from artisan food producers. The company is family operated and employs a team of one hundred and thirty dedicated staff. Kevin is married to Sheila and lives in Waterford.

Keith Rogers

Head of Retail, ECCO Footwear

Keith Rogers is Head of Retail with M.Drummy (ECCO Shoes). Ecco is a globally respected footwear brand and the companies Irish retail operations spans twelve store locations. ECCO stores are associated with best in market design and exceptional service standards. Keith is married to Ailish and lives in Dublin.