Anthony Ryans was established in 1909 when Anthony Ryan and his wife Katherine set up a family store on the high street of Galway. From small beginnings the company established a firm trading position in the heart of Galway. The shop was extended and extensively refurbished in 1944 and this was followed by a period of sustained growth under the management of the founder’s son Patrick Ryan.

In 1972 the store doubles in size with the acquisition of what is now known as the Man’s shop. During the 1970’s Ryans consolidated their position as Galway’s leading fashion store in men’s and ladieswear. In 1984 the shop was once more considerably extended to the rear which allowed considerable expansion in the bed linen, curtain and dress fabrics end of the business. By 1991 the store had been extended to such an extent that a ‘Rear Shop Front’ was opened in Middle Street.


Also in 1991, a lingerie outlet ‘La Femme’ specialising in large size ladies wear and ladies lingerie. Ann Harvey provides a comprehensive collection of fashionable separates and suiting for sizes 16 – 28. This co-ordinated collection caters for women of all lifestyles with a strong emphasis on tailoring and occasionwear and more relaxed weekend and holiday wear.

In 2010 a purpose built Remus Uomo outlet in the Eyre Square Centre was launched to cater for the fashion concious gentleman. This shop has enjoyed growth and success and is ideal for occasion wear as well as casual wear.

Also, the rear part of O’Connor’s Building was purchased and the Mans shop further extended to become the West of Irelands largest Menswear outlet.


Further developments occurred in the business with the introduction of Bay Trading in 1999 and Vila in 2002 which established the company as a significant player in the younger fashions market.

In 2005 Ryans opened the flagship Homestore on Lombard Street allowing the company to create a centre of excellence in linens, cookshop, lighting, gifts, curtains, haberdashery and luggage. This in turn allowed the company transform the ground floor of our Shop Street premises to a major cutting edge fashion destination with the introduction of international fashion brands Esprit & Wallis.