Hundreds at service for businessman Osborne
Family and friends of the late James Osborne were joined by hundreds of leading figures from the corporate, business and legal worlds at a memorial service in Trinity College Dublin yesterday to mark his life and achievements.
Mr Osborne (68), a former managing partner of legal firm A&L Goodbody and former chairman and director of numerous companies including Independent News & Media and Ryanair, died on Thursday, August 17, near his home at Milford, Co Donegal.
His children, son Patch and daughter Lucy from his marriage and his nine-year-old daughter Pia, were among the many speakers to pay tribute at the service in the Examination Hall in Trinity College, which was presided over by the former Clare TD, Madeleine Taylor-Quinn.
Mr Osborne is survived by his wife Heather and their two children and his partner Patricia Devine and their daughter, as well as his brother Henry.
Those in attendance included Martin Knight, Professor Frank Keane, Denis Tinsley, Charlie Murless and Rhona Blake, Marcus Beresford, Ken Murphy, Eamon Dunphy and Jane Gogan, Pascal Taggart, Rob Kearney, Louis Walsh, Alan Dukes, Sean FitzPatrick, Tony Hanahoe, Vincent Crowley, David Went and Gary McGann, and many others.