Arnott's at 175‘I could not really get over how big the place was and how glamorous it was even then, with the perfume and jewellery and the fashions.’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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When Gerard Nolan was 17, he got a job working at Arnott’s department store in Dublin. Now 93, he feels like he never really left. He spoke to Ryan Tubridy this morning on The Ryan Tubridy Show, which was broadcast live from Arnott’s to mark the store’s 175th birthday.

Ryan remarked that it was rare to meet someone “so dapper”, describing Gerard’s outfit of a tweed suit, tortoiseshell glasses and waistcoat for listeners. Gerard put it down to the “good training” he’d had working at the store when it comes to knowing how to put an outfit together.

Gerard told Ryan that he started working in Arnott’s in 1942.

“I could not really get over how big the place was and how glamorous it was even then, with the perfume and jewellery and the fashions.

When Ryan said that he had heard Gerard was 94, Gerard corrected him. He is actually “93 and 7/8s”.

“They’re rounding things off, just like the euro at the moment.”

Gerard spent 10 years at Arnotts before marrying Maureen, who worked at Switzer’s. Ryan joked that Gerard had “married on the wrong side of the tracks there”. Things seemed to have worked out though, Gerard and Maureen were married for 67 years before her passing 3 months ago.

Gerard described the “royal welcome” he received coming back to the store today and explained that even after he left Arnott’s to start his own business, he ended up supplying the store with goods and working closely with the people there.

“So, in many ways, I’ve never really left Arnott’s.”

Listen back to the whole interview with Gerard on The Ryan Tubridy Show here.

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