Cork property developer Owen O'Callaghan dies following short illness

He was behind a number of the largest developments that Cork has ever seen...

Cork property developer Owen O'Callaghan dies following short illness

Rolling News

Cork property developer Owen O'Callaghan has died following a short illness.

He passed away at Cork University Hospital at the age of 76.

Mr O'Callaghan was responsible for some of Cork's most prominent recent retail, commercial and residential developments - including Mahon Point, Merchant's Quay and Opera Lane.

He was also behind Liffey Valley Shopping Centre in west Dublin and Athlone's Golden Island.

His company O'Callaghan Properties is currently securing planning permission for a proposed six-storey office block to be constructed at Albert Quay in the city's docklands. The €90m project is set to be Cork's largest ever development.

Mr O'Callaghan said, "This is a very significant project that makes Cork city much more attractive for foreign direct and indigenous investment projects, and that it will, "certainly appeal to the young employee demographic characteristic of enterprises in the new economy."

 

 

The developer was found to have made payments to lobbyist Frank Dunlop to gather political support for the rezoning of the land that Liffey Valley was built on by the Mahon Tribunal in 2012.

Mr O'Callaghan rejected this finding - which was upheld by the High Court in 2013. A further appeal against that finding is scheduled for this summer.

He is survived by his wife Sheelagh, and his son and daughter, Brian and Zelda - and predeceased by his youngest daughter Hazel.