Starting out in the old barber shop Paul immediately saw the potential and after a year offered to buy out the wetsuit retailer and the apartment upstairs. Paul and Karen moved in upstairs in 1977 and Paul Gill Opticians was established. In the early years the business gained traction, and quickly became known as the number one practice in Dublin for exclusive eyewear. Soon clients from the four corners of Ireland were catwalk ready, eyewear had shifted from necessity to a fashion statement.
Over the next 25 years Dublin evolved, the city boundaries expanded and the suburbs became more populated. Dalkey which was once a small country village became the place to be with celebrities, authors and the wealthy. The brands which Paul began to stock were more luxurious to cater for the clientele that resided around the village.
In 2002, Jamie, Paul’s eldest son aged 20 decided he wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps. Jamie trained as an optical technician and in 2013 qualified as a dispensing optician. In 2017 Paul retired with the faith that Jamie will carry on his legacy and maintain the excellence in standards that Paul Gill Opticians is synonymous with.