He started out in the oil industry, but it didn’t take long for Séamus Fahy to shine.

Fahy left St Nessan’s school in Limerick to study accounting and finance at the University of Limerick, which landed him a job buying and selling barrels of crude at state oil company Irish National Petroleum Corporation.

He stayed until the firm was sold off and privatised, and new owners Phillips Petroleum offered an attractive redundancy package.

“I got nine weeks for every year I worked, and I’d been there 12 years,” he revealed. “I was delighted.”

He quickly landed a job in an oil company in London and stayed for a further four years before venturing into entrepreneurship. “I was at a wedding and seated beside two guys…

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