Sunday 21 January 2018

How my life as a jetsetter with Tony Ryan crash landed

Founder of Guinness Peat Aviation Tony Ryan
Founder of Guinness Peat Aviation Tony Ryan
Liam Collins

Liam Collins

We were standing together at a reception in a posh hotel in Turin when Tony Ryan handed me a book, 'Cider with Rosie' by Laurie Lee, and said "you should read that sometime, it's very well written." I resisted the urge to tell him I had read it already and turned instead to the flyleaf which bore the inscription 'To Tony, love M.'

The 'M' was Miranda Guinness, said to be the love of his life, although he had a wife, Mairead, before her and a string of well-known lovers after her.

Tony Ryan was one of only three well-known millionaires in Ireland of that era, the other two being Tony O'Reilly and Michael Smurfit. There were undoubtedly others, but they kept it to themselves.

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