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Business tycoon Jim Mansfield dies

Published 29/01/2014 | 11:13

Jim Mansfield at the wedding of his son P.J Mansfield and Andrea Roche in Saggart in August 2006. Pic: Steve Humphries
Jim Mansfield at the wedding of his son P.J Mansfield and Andrea Roche in Saggart in August 2006. Pic: Steve Humphries
Jim Mansfield pictured outside his Citywest hotel. Pic Tom Burke 30/3/07
The son of Jim Mansfield PJ Mansfield at his wedding to Andrea Roche in 2006 .PIC STEVE HUMPHREYS.
Andrea Roche PJ Mansfield Wedding: Groom, PJ Mansfield, second left with his family, from left, brother Jim Jnr., father, Jim and brother, Tony pictured arriving at the wedding of Andrea Roche and PJ Mansfield at the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saggart, Dublin in 2006 Picture Collins, Dublin, Colin Keegan.
PJ Mansfield with his father, Jim pictured arriving at the wedding of Andrea Roche and PJ Mansfield at the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saggart, Dublin.Picture Collins, Dublin, Colin Keegan.
Pictured at the Mansfield and Roche wedding was model Katie French and Marcus Sweeney PIC STEVE HUMPHREYS.
Jim Mansfield at the wedding of his son PJ and Andrea Roche in August 2006 PIC STEVE HUMPHREYS.
Jim Mansfield Snr pictured at the wedding of his son PJ Mansfield and Andrea Roche in 2006 PIC STEVE HUMPHREYS.
Andrea Roche pictured arriving at her wedding to PJ Mansfield at the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saggart, Dublin.Picture Collins, Dublin, Colin Keegan.
PJ Mansfield and Andrea Roche's wedding day 2006 PIC STEVE HUMPHREYS.
Model Andrea Roche and PJ Mansfield's wedding in August 2006 PIC STEVE HUMPHREYS.
Jim Mansfield at Weston Airport, Lucan Pic: Brian McEvoy
Pictured: Jim Mansfield PIC:MAXPIX
Jim Mansfield pictured leaving his helicopter. PIC MAXPICS -
Jim Mansfield pictured with Phil Jones, Group General Manager at Citywest,pictured outside the entrance to Citywest Hotel. Pic Frank Mc Grath
Jim Mansfield pictured here with Padraig Harrington returns home to Ireland after winning the 2007 British Open Golf tournament in Carnoustie in Scotland. Pic Collins Photos .
Jim Mansfield pictured in City West
Jim Mansfield pictured at Citywest Hotel for the launch of the new Citywest Institute of Education International English and Foundation Third Level College in 2010.
Businessman Jim Mansfield Snr outside Weston Aerodrome in West Dublin.
Jim Mansfield at his Citywest complex in 2008. Photo: Tony Gavin
Developer Jim Mansfield with plans for his English language school at Citywest in 2010.
Jim Mansfield with his helicopter outside his Citywest hotel in 2008
Jim Mansfield Snr at his home in Tassaggart
JIM MANSFIELD: transferred home just before receivership
Jim Mansfield pictured at his home in Dublin.

THE leading business tycoon Jim Mansfield has passed away.

Mr Mansfield, best known as the owner of the Citywest hotel, conference and golf complex, had been ill for some time, and died this morning.

He was in his mid 70s.

He died at his home in Saggart at about 7:30am.

His son Tony has told Independent.ie that he had been suffering from Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) in recent years and took a turn for the worse two days ago.

Mr Mansfield’s sons are today gathered at the family home comforting their mother Anne.

Mansfield grew up in Brittas, Dublin.

When he left school he bought a lorry and set up a haulage business and grew his business from there. He made his fortune selling machinery left over from the Falklands war and it was from this that his empire ranging from hotels to property  began.

During the boom, his wealth was estimated in the hundreds of millions, and his assets included  the Weston Aerodrome.

The main part of his empire – Citywest – was placed into receivership in 2010.

Separately, Weston Aerodrome was seized by NAMA.

The businessman is survived by his wife Anne and three sons Tony, Jimmy and PJ.

By Ailish O'Hora and Cormac McQuinn

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