THE managing director of the country’s biggest ticketing agency, Eamonn O’Connor, has died after a short illness.
Mr O’Connor (51), head of Ticketmaster Ireland, was a major figure in the entertainment industry here.
The native of the Navan Road in Dublin began his career as a public servant in the Company’s Office but in 1986 he went into the business of ticket-selling full-time as General Manager of the new Ticket Shop in the HMV Stores on Grafton Street and Henry Street in Dublin.
In a statement, Ticketmaster described him as “the driving force” as the business grew and in 1992, along with his business partner, Tommy Higgins, he started Ireland’s first computerised ticketing operation.
In 1997, they entered a joint venture arrangement with Ticketmaster, the leading American ticketing agency and in 2004 was made managing director.
He is survived by his wife Breda, son David, mother Maureen, brothers Brian and Shay and sisters Aileen and Mary.
Mark Yovich, President, Ticketmaster International, said: “Eamonn has been an irreplaceable part of the Ticketmaster family for more than thirty years and was an inspiring, entertaining, talented and truly unique personality. Anyone who knew Eamonn, as a colleague or a friend, will have been unforgettably touched by the Eamonn O’Connor magic. He was one of a kind and we will miss him terribly.
“Our thoughts are with his family and our colleagues in Ireland during this time.”