PROPERTY tycoon Jim Mansfield was remembered at his funeral today as "a unique and special patriarch" and family man who loved to indulge his passion for motorsport.
The developer of the Citywest complex, who left school at 14, had been ill for some time and died at home aged 74.
He is survived by his wife Anne and sons Tony, Jimmy and P.J.
Speaking at the beginning of requiem mass today, his daughter in law Anita thanked everybody who had been in touch since his death for their kindness.
Mansfield grew up in Brittas, Co 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.
But the sudden downturn and economic collapse in 2008 hit Mansfield's massive empire.
Citywest was placed into receivership in 2010, and separately, Weston Aerodrome was seized by NAMA.
The Church of the Nativity in Saggart was full to capacity as Mr Mansfield's remains arrived in the cold winter rain.
Mourners heard how Jim had created so many opportunities through his work, and how he was so proud of his community and his family.
By Conor Feehan