Sunday 11 December 2016

'I miss everything about you' - Heartbroken daughter of Oliver Hughes paid tribute to leading publican in fitting farewell

Martin Grant

Published 04/08/2016 | 20:45

Mourners during a celebration of Publican Oliver Hughes's life at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin.
Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Mourners during a celebration of Publican Oliver Hughes's life at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Porterhouse group’s Oliver Hughes. Photo: Mark Condren

Publican Oliver Hughes has been remembered as a caring father, a loving husband and an ambitious businessman in a fitting farewell.

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More than 300 mourners attended a celebration of his life at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham yesterday for  the co-founder of the Porterhouse Group and owner of celebrity haunt Lillie’s Bordello.

The former barrister (57) died suddenly from a suspected heart attack at his north Dublin home on Saturday night.

His wife Helen and the couple’s children Holly (21) and Elliot (24) were the chief mourners at the gathering of family and friends.

Cllr Mannix Flynn during a celebration of Oliver Hughes's life at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin.
Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Cllr Mannix Flynn during a celebration of Oliver Hughes's life at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Cllr Mannix Flynn during a celebration of Oliver Hughes's life at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Tom Doorley during a celebration of Publican Oliver Hughes's life at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Actor Rory Cowan during a celebration of Oliver Hughes's life at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Actor Rory Cowan during a celebration of Oliver Hughes's life at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Brian Kennedy sang Frank Sinatra’s My Way as Mr Hughes’ remains were conveyed to their final resting place.

Mrs Brown’s Boys star Rory Cowan and celebrity chef Derry Clarke were also among the mourners.

Some of Mr Hughes’ favourite songs were performed, including Prince’s Purple Rain and Come Together by the Beatles.

 His heartbroken daughter Holly paid tribute to her father in an emotional piece read by her brother.

“I never thought I’d be writing this, not for a long time,” said Holly.

“I still expect you to walk through the door and wrap your arms around me.

“What you achieved in your lifetime is unbelievable.

“You make us all so very proud.

“You’re so special to me, and you always made me feel so special to you. I miss you every day, I miss everything about you.” 

Elliot told mourners that before he makes any decision in the future, he will ask: “What would Oliver do?”

He also recalled how his father was his “dad, best friend and boss”, and said he had so much more to achieve in life.

“I keep checking my phone, waiting for his name to appear. He was an incredibly kind, loyal, generous man,” he said. “My father’s son is what I will strive to be.”

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