Shannon Duty Free unveils its youngest ever stockist

Shannon Duty Free unveils its youngest ever stockist


Darren Smyth, Head of Commercial at Shannon Airport and Evan Quaid – Photo: Arthur Ellis


A young student has been rewarded for his remarkable entrepreneurship by having his product placed in the world’s first duty-free store, Shannon Duty Free.

Evan Quaid (14), a student from Castlemahon in west Limerick, has become the youngest ever producer of an item to be stocked at the famous store – the birthplace of duty free globally – after his Quaid Candles were put on sale there.

The young entrepreneur, who won the junior category of the National Student Enterprise Programme after developing the product in November 2017, messaged the Shannon Airport Instagram account late last year asking for the candles to be stocked in the store.  After meeting him and his mother Triona, the Duty Free team didn’t think twice.

Shannon Airports Youngest Supplier – 14 year old Evan Quaid

***Shannon Airport is giving young entrepeneur's the opportunity to have their products sold in the world's first every Duty Free store! ***Check out 14 year old Evan Quaid's Story.Limerick student Evan is the founder and producer of Quaid Candles. Handmade scented candles that offer a bespoke collection of environmentally friendly, Irish made scents.If you are a young entrepreneur and would like an opporunity to showcase your handmade product in our Shannon Duty Free store, click here for more on how to apply:

Posted by Shannon Airport on Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Head of Commercial at Shannon Airport Darren Smyth said that the airport was struck by his enthusiasm, entrepreneurship and the quality of the product. “Evan is a remarkable young man and it’s already clear that he has a very bright future in business ahead of him. We were impressed by his enterprise in the first instance and then wowed by his enthusiasm and determination when we met him,” he said.

“He got the idea for the candle making business from his favourite YouTube vlogger, bought a candle making kit and it started from there. That’s the type of ‘can-do’ spirit that has epitomised Shannon over the years.

“We want him to be the first but not the last young entrepreneur to have their goods featured here and we would ask any others out there that are producing non-perishable items to see this as an opportunity for themselves.”

Darren Smyth, Head of Commercial at Shannon Airport and Evan Quaid – Photo: Arthur Ellis

Said Evan, “I’m delighted to get my candles into Shannon Duty Free. I contacted a number of stores about stocking my candles and Shannon Duty Free came back very quickly, said they liked the idea and asked if they could meet my mother and I. I’ve read up about the history of Shannon Duty Free, that it was the first airport duty free shop in the world. With over 1.7 million passengers going through the airport each year, it’s a fantastic opportunity to have the candles stocked.

“The staff at Shannon have been really supportive and this is a really big moment for me. Aside from being a great place to have my candles on sale, this is great promotion for the candles also.”

Said Shannon Airport Managing Director Andrew Murphy; “Shannon Duty Free has been a supporter of local businesses from its origin. In recent years we have put a significant focus on featuring local producers in the O’Regan Food Emporium and the Shannon Design section.  We currently have 50 Irish suppliers with over 100 different products on sale in the store and now we have Quaid Candles sitting proudly among them.

“In addition to his entrepreneurship, Evan has shown great enthusiasm and courage.  He’s been a pleasure to deal with and we are all in agreement here that not alone has he a really good product but we’re going to be hearing a lot from him in the years ahead.”

Shannon Duty Fee is asking that any young entrepreneurs between the ages of 13 and 18 years who would like to have a product considered for inclusion in the world famous Shannon Duty Free shop to email for an application form.


Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.