Declan Ryan is the founder of Ryanair and multiple airlines across the globe.
As one of the founders of Ryanair and multiple airlines across the globe, Declan Ryan is one of the most influential people in the aviation industry. Not one for the limelight, Declan gave Jarlath a rare interview this week to discuss his life, career and why Irish people tend to dominate the business of flying.    Declan explains why he never wanted Ryanair to be called 'Ryanair' (5:00), the dirty tricks of Aer Lingus who ran out of money trying to 'kill' them (36:00) while also telling some toe-curling stories about the challenges of recruitment (Patreon Full Length Version Only).   From why he thinks it was a huge mistake to not sell Ryanair to Aer Lingus (46:00), to why the Irish soar to new heights in aviation (25:00), his hilarious recollection of the dreaded weekly meetings with Michael O'Leary and his father (17:00) and much more, this is a one off conversation with a true great of Irish business.   To access the full back catalogue of 213 Irishman Abroad episodes visit can also gain access to the entire Irishman Abroad archive of episodes through our iPhone and Android Apps. Download the Irishman Abroad Android or iPhone apps for free using the links…d1101165812?…anabroad&hl=en_IEAn Irishman Abroad is brought to you by Currency Fair. Currency Fair is the official partner of the podcast. To get great exchange rates and to avoid ridiculous bank and broker charges when transferring money to anywhere in the world go to updates on future episodes and live shows follow @jarlath on Twitter, visit or email the show directly on All materials contained within this podcast are copyright protected. Third party reuse and/or quotation in whole or in part is prohibited unless direct credit and/or hyperlink to the Irishman Abroad podcast is clearly and accurately provided.    
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