Sir Tony O’Reilly Obituary Obituary

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Sir Tony O’Reilly was an Irish rugby international who went on to become one of his country’s most charismatic businessmen. He was born in Dublin, Ireland, on May 7, 1936. He was the son of William O’Reilly, a successful businessman, and Bridget O’Reilly (née Finucane). O’Reilly was educated at Belvedere College in Dublin and Trinity College Dublin, where he studied law.

O’Reilly played rugby for Ireland from 1955 to 1963, winning 28 caps. He was a member of the British and Irish Lions touring team to New Zealand in 1959. After retiring from rugby, O’Reilly went into business. He founded the Independent News & Media group in 1973, which became one of the largest media companies in the world. He also had interests in other businesses, including Waterford Crystal and the Fitzwilliam Hotel Group.

O’Reilly was a prominent figure in Irish business and society. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2001 for his services to business and sport. He was also a member of the International Olympic Committee.

O’Reilly died on October 2, 2020, at the age of 88. He was survived by his wife, Chryss Goulandris, and their four children.