Friday 21 September 2018

Mammy's boy Johnny Ronan, his ma and me

Wicklow businessman and property developer, Johnny Ronan, is a proud fundraiser for the Mustard Seed Communities, a charity committed to caring for the most vulnerable children in the world
Wicklow businessman and property developer, Johnny Ronan, is a proud fundraiser for the Mustard Seed Communities, a charity committed to caring for the most vulnerable children in the world
Meal appeal... Friends Aisling Gleeson and Alison Doody
Colin Farrell
Maia Dunphy will join husband Johnny after Christmas. Photo: David Conachy
Driving force... Luca Allen
Barry Egan

Barry Egan

All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother, said Abraham Lincoln.

A not-quite-as-famous bearded wise man, but one who clearly feels the same about his own angelic mother is Johnny Ronan. I met him with his mother Pauline the other week.

I always had the impression of the internationally respected tycoon as being something of a hard, even foreboding soul. Au contraire, he is more of a big pussycat. Primarily, because he and I ended up hugging his beloved mother, especially after I said that she reminded me very much of my own dear, and sadly departed, mother Maureen. Discussing mothers in Cafe en Seine of a Friday evening? Johnny is evidently a post-feminist new man. He brings his beloved mama to Cafe en Seine, after all.

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