Tuesday 28 February 2017

Leading publican Oliver Hughes dies suddenly

Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Oliver Hughes, co-founder of the Porterhouse Group. Photo: Martin Nolan
Oliver Hughes, co-founder of the Porterhouse Group. Photo: Martin Nolan

Tributes have been pouring in for Dublin businessman Oliver Hughes, who passed away suddenly on Saturday night.

The co-founder of the Porterhouse Group, which owns celebrity haunt Lillies Bordello, died from a suspected heart attack at his home in north Dublin. He was 57. The former barrister is survived by his wife Helen and their two children Holly (21) and Elliott (24).

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Tribute was also paid to Mr Hughes last night by his business partner, David Morrissey - who described him as a true pioneer of the drinks industry.

"We have lost a very good friend and partner," he said.

"He was such a great character and hugely intelligent. He was a pioneer in the business, a true visionary and he accomplished so many things during his lifetime - and he was a young enough man.

"We are gutted with the loss. It's such a shock for his whole family and we will miss him dearly."

Mr Hughes co-founded the Porterhouse Group with his cousin Liam LaHarte.

Mr Hughes and Mr LaHarte opened the first venue in Bray in 1989 and went on to develop a chain of bars in Dublin, London and Manhattan.

The Glasnevin native also set up the Porterhouse brewing company as well as the Dingle Distillery.

Irish Independent

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