Pub baron's lonely death at roadside
HUGH DIED OF NATURAL CAUSES
Published 05/12/2012 | 09:24
A MAN who died suddenly on the N11 near Newtownmountkennedy was identified as Hugh O'Regan, one of Dublin's most high-profile publicans.
It is believed he died of natural causes and there were no signs he had been struck by a vehicle or had suffered any injuries.
The stretch of the N11 where his body was discovered was sealed off on Monday of last week for three hours as Gardai carried out a technical examination. He was found dead near his car on the hard shoulder of the N11 carriageway at Newtownmountkennedy.
The 49 year old married father of four had been reported missing from a Dublin Hospital before his body was found.
Mr. O'Regan founded the popular Thomas Read group of fashionable superpubs including Pravda, Ron Black's, The Bailey, Searson's, Lincoln's Inn, the Budda Bar in Blanchardstown and the 40 Foot in Dun Laoghaire. In 2003 he sold the pub chain for €35 million.
He also developed the four-star Morrison Hotel in Dublin and had planned to develop the €10 million Hibernian United Services Club on St. Stephen's Green and the Kilternan Golf and Country Club, prior to the economy crashing.
The collapse of the Celtic Tiger left his business with debts of €260 million, with NAMA assuming control of these debts. Last July he was restricted from acting as a company director for five years by the High Court.
In 2009 the High Court ordered that Mr. O'Regan had to personally pay Anglo Irish Bank €37.5 million to honour guarantees he had given for the company's borrowings.