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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Ireland's Rich List: 81-90

Published 31/03/2010 | 16:28

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Irish singer Enya poses on November 7, 2008 in Madrid during the presentation to the press of her new record "And winter came". AFP PHOTO/Pedro ARMESTRE. (Photo credit should read PEDRO ARMESTRE/AFP/Getty Images)
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81. TOM EAKIN

€ 105M MEDICINE

Tom Eakin's Down-based wound care firm TG Eakin is run by his two sons. Latest figures show the company had profits over nearly €9.4m in 2007.

82. RAY NOLAN

€ 105M IT

Rugby-playing internet entrepreneur Ray Nolan estimates that he has taken “$100m” out of Web Reservations international, which was bought by Hellman and Friedman last Autumn for over €200m.

The iPhone-toting Nolan bought the boo.com website after the high profile internet retailer collapsed during the dotcom brown-out. He also made a packet trading depressed bank shares during the financial crisis.

Nolan made his first fortune when he sold software company Coretime to Sage in 2004. Nolan is also involved in medical search firm Revahealth as well as online jobs site worky.com.

83. HAROLD MONTGOMERY

€ 102M TRANSPORT

Montgomery's transport group is one of the biggest trailer manufacturers in Europe and boasts a major freight and logistics arm. His Ballyvesey Holdings had profits of €2.3m off sales of €291m in 2008.

84. GERALD MURPHY & FAMILY

€ 101M RUBBISH

The Murphy family from Foxrock are big into recycling, landfill, car scrappage and engineering. Their highly profitable companies, centring on Hammond Lane, have shareholders’ funds of €84m, with a further €11m in a Northern Ireland company. They also have other assets.

85. JOE SLOAN

€ 100M DISTRIBUTOR

Joe Sloan owned Belfast-based distribution firm SHS with the late Geoff Salters. The company had sales of nearly €470m in 2008, with profits over €32m, distributing brands ranging from Harpic to Durex rubber johnnies and Colgate toothpaste.

86. CHARLES GALLAGHER

€95M BUILDING

The Gallagher family owns a €47m stake in listed building firm Abbey, as well as in British homebuilder Matthew Homes, which had €44m in shareholders’ funds.

Dividends and previous earnings add to the wealth of the former Tory party candidate.

87. JOHN BOYLE

€95M BOOKIE

John and Kathleen Boyle own about 91 per cent of Boylesports, the bookies with 140- plus shops that sponsors Premiership football team Sunderland, though that €10m deal will end this season. The company, which is debt-free, had sales of €770m in 2008 but margins are wafer-thin.

88. JIM AND JACK DOBSON

€95M FOOD

Jim and Jack Dobson own €460m per year Northern Ireland food group Dunbia, formerly known as Dungannon Meats.

89. PAT MULCAIR

€95M CONSTRUCTION

Limerick man Pat Mulcair's civil engineering firm Roadbridge recently moved its ownership offshore. He was involved in a €1.8m lawsuit over a spread betting refund and is said to have created €34m in capital allowances from his ownership of the Dublin Waterworld lease.

Roadbridge is thought to be worth close to €100m.



90. ENYA

€95M MYSTICAL SINGING

All her songs may sound exactly the same, except played at a different speed but Enya sure knows how to shift albums, with over 75m sold in the last 20 years.

The 48-year-old Donegal singer has even started to tour. And she owns a chunk of prime real estate in Killiney

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