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Former Coke boss has Epic plans for his IFSC centre

Published 24/05/2015 | 02:30

Former Coca-Cola boss Neville Isdell is making the biggest private investment in Irish tourism for decades, his stepbrother Mervyn Greene told me last week.

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Downpatrick-born Isdell, who ran Coke from 2004 to 2008, spent €10m buying the CHQ retail centre in Dublin's IFSC from the doomed semi-state Dublin Docklands Development Authority in 2012. He also looked at buying Weston Airport and the Veterinary Hospital site in Ballsbridge, later bought by the Comer brothers. Greene is running the revitalisation of CHQ, which has become a start-up magnet through its hosting of Dogpatch.

But the big push is for the €12m 'Epic' museum for the diaspora, which will be built in the vaults. The team that put together the hugely successful Titanic museum has been hired en-masse to put together an attraction that will bring in 400,000 visitors per year. It's coming together nicely.

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