Bangladesh-born Centra manager Akram Hussein, who died after chasing a shoplifter from his Drumcondra store
This is Ireland. And I’m proud of it. Locals lining the street in Drumcondra this morning to show respect to our local shopkeeper Akram, who died suddenly last week, as the hearse arrived en route to bring him home to his wife and family in Bangladesh. pic.twitter.com/EqUXL1Kf46
Tributes from customers and staff alongside a Book of Condolences for much-loved shop manager Akram Hussein, originally from Bangladesh, who died on Saturday following a foot chase after a shoplifter.
Peggy Groarke, who owns the Centra store with her husband Nathy, said:
“I was just amazed at the amount of people coming in. We’ve had local politicians, local gardaí, nurses from the Mater Hospital and doctors. He started around 5am and so he knew everyone going to work. I’ve never seen anything like the love people have had for Akram.
“The age profile of people coming in was from about 4 to 90, so he didn’t just appeal to any particular age group. The children loved him, he knew all their names.
“He had a talent that was exceptional and always had a permanent smile.”