Friday 20 July 2018

'Remember James with pride, recall his personality and his achievements'

Hundreds of family, friends and corporate figures gathered to celebrate the life of James Osborne, writes Liam Collins

James Osborne Photo:
James Osborne Photo:
Eamon Dunphy
Marie Staunton
Oliver Callan
Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary
Rhona Blake and Charles Murless
James Osborne’s partner, Patricia Devine, with Louis Walsh
Liam Collins

Liam Collins

James Osborne packed much into his 68 years on earth and it was this zest for life and laughter, his devil-may-care attitude and his charming smile and laser blue eyes that were celebrated at a memorial service in the Examination Hall of Trinity College Dublin on Friday.

Although a prominent lawyer and corporate figure, he always maintained that the practice of law "should be fun" and was often quoted as saying that when it came to big decisions he "jumped off the cliff and hoped the parachute opened".

These self-deprecating remarks belied a steely temperament and determination, a sharp intellect and a Protestant work ethic that led to him becoming a senior figure in the corporate world and chairman and director of a succession of companies at home and abroad.

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