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D4 home of former retail boss hits market

Tom Rea at home in No 29, Anglesea Road, Ballsbridge. Photo: Steve Humphreys

7 Tom Rea at home in No 29, Anglesea Road, Ballsbridge. Photo: Steve Humphreys By the time that Tom and Catherine Rea bought their home on Anglesea Road in Ballsbridge, opposite St Mary’s Church, 15 years ago, they were already veterans of the house-moving game. The couple spent the early years of their marriage based in the UK, where Tom’s job required him to be "completely flexible" as to where they lived. "We lived in London, Leeds, Huddersfield, Stoke-on-Trent and Glasgow," says Tom. "By the time we hit 30, we had bought and sold three houses." Back in Dublin, Tom took on a role in senior management at department store Switzers (located in what is now Brown Thomas on Grafton Street), where he was responsible, among other things, for the magical Christmas window displays imported from Germany each year. Later, he worked at Clery’s as general manager. In 1991 he commissioned a new clock for the front of the store from clockmakers Stokes of Cork to mark 50 years of ownership by the Guiney family. "Dublin retailing is rather sad these days," he says, "now that none of the old families are involved any longer. Personality retailing – the kind that Feargal Quinn was so good at – is gone." Anglesea Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 The Reas bought and refurbished houses in Blackrock and on Wellington Road before purchasing No 29 Anglesea Road in 2004. "We saw it on a Saturday, came back to see it on Monday and […]

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