Friday 23 February 2018

Irish businessman dies on African trip

Paddy Clancy

An Irishman died yesterday at Johannesburg Airport while on a business trip to South Africa.

Pat Gallagher, in his early 50s, from Doobally, Ballyshannon, Co Donegal, was said by relatives to have taken suddenly ill while waiting for his luggage in the arrivals terminal after exiting a flight.

Mr Gallagher, who owned an equestrian centre at Ballyshannon, has widespread business interests and was an industrial pipe-fabricator by profession.

He and wife Patricia had five children. Mr Gallagher last October opened the Doobally Equestrian Centre with an indoor show-jumping arena and stud farm three kilometres from Ballyshannon.

Former world show-jumping champion Dermot Lennon, who performed at the opening, said the centre was one of the finest facilities he had seen.

Mr Gallagher had interests in showjumping and breeding, mainly in Germany and Holland.

A native of Cashelard, near Ballyshannon, Mr Gallagher was passionate about horses. His wife Patricia assisted him in the day-to-day operation of the equestrian centre.

The Department of Foreign Affairs last night confirmed an Irishman collapsed and died at Johannesburg Airport.

Irish Independent

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