Building tycoon who changed the face of Cork
GREG Coughlan helped transform Howard Holdings into one of the most successful development companies outside Dublin over the past 20 years.
A civil engineer by profession, Coughlan saw the firm engaged in projects throughout Ireland and in the UK, Europe and even South Africa.
A graduate of the Crawford College in Cork in 1971, Coughlan initially focussed on the UK market.
From his London base in the early 1980s, his operations expanded dramatically and ranged from land and property development to asset management.
His decision to switch focus back to Ireland coincided with the boom of the 1990s and 2000s.
Under Greg Coughlan, Howard Holdings literally changed the face of Cork city, with a series of high-profile projects, culminating in its incredible €1bn-plus proposal to transform a 420-acre plot of the city docklands and effectively create a new city suburb beside the Pairc Ui Chaoimh GAA stadium.
The project would have created 1,000 jobs and provided Cork with a new River Lee bridge, an international events centre and a major shopping plaza.
Mr Coughlan, who is in his 60s and is a long-term resident of Kinsale, is understood to have been in poor health over recent months.