Sunday 22 July 2018

Rugby greats who made it in business: Ray McLoughlin

Ray McLoughlin won 40 caps, seven as captain, for Ireland as a prop between 1962 and 1975.

He was also selected for the 1966 Lions tour to Australia and New Zealand and for the 1971 tour to New Zealand. 

In 1973, while still playing for Ireland, Mr McLoughlin gained control of quoted shell company James Crean.

Over the next two decades Mr McLoughlin grew it into a diversified industrial holding company which was at one stage one of the most valuable companies on the Irish Stock Exchange.

Crean was subsumed into the Oakhill Group in 2001. Mr McLoughlin served as chairman of Oakhill until 2006 when he sold his shares in the company.

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