Tom Lyons: Unique publican always thought outside the box
Hugh O'Regan was never a real businessman in the ruthless profit-making at any cost mould. He was a visionary who could think no other way than outside the box.
He failed to foresee, however, the credit crunch and became one of the first to fall as the recession bit deeper.
Up until then, O'Regan's track record in business had been superb and marked by an uncanny ability to predict the next big thing.