Sunway is a 100% Irish-owned family business that was founded in 1966 by Roy Beatty. The company then passed to Roy’s daughter, Madeline Kilbride, in 1974 and to his granddaughter, Tanya Airey, in 1998. Tanya’s father, Jim Furlong, has remained Chairman of Sunway since 1974. Tanya’s husband, Philip Airey, is a Director of the company and her cousin, Brian McGovern, is Financial Director.
Sunway’s original office opened in Blackrock as a corporate and leisure travel agency and the company started tour operations in 1991, with Morocco being its first destination. The company expanded with the opening of Sunway shops throughout Dublin and also through the major development of its corporate and incentive travel business.
Sunway, now located in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, has always prided itself on bringing the best holiday destinations to the Irish market and is recognised throughout the industry as an authority on all aspects of the travel business.