Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

High-profile Dublin publican dies

Entrepreneur Hugh O'Regan was left with debts of 37 million euro to Anglo Irish Bank after his investments failed

One of Dublin's most high-profile publicans has died.

Hugh O'Regan, 49, died suddenly on Monday evening while on the N11 in Co Wicklow.

The publican and developer had run into business difficulties in recent years as bank loans transferred to the bad bank Nama and investments turned sour.

Mr O'Regan was best known for his development of the super-pub side of Dublin's nightlife in the late 1990s and 2000s.

He was responsible for the Thomas Read group and operated fashionable night-spots such as the Bailey and Ron Black's and well-known bars such as Pravda, Searson's and Lincoln's Inn.

The entrepreneur was left with debts of 37 million euro to Anglo Irish Bank as the financial crisis took hold and his investments failed.

Mr O'Regan was responsible for the four-star Morrison Hotel on Dublin's north quays and was in the process of the massive development of the Kilternan Golf and Country Club when the crash hit.

Gardai confirmed a man had been found dead beside the northbound carriageway of the N11.

Foul play is not suspected.

Mr O'Regan was discovered at an area known as Kilmullin near Newtownmountkennedy at about 6.30pm.