CORK business has lost a soldier from the ranks, following the death of plant-hire business founder, William O’Brien at the age of 89.
Originally a Kerryman William established a plant hire business in Cork in the 1950s, that went on to have international success with depots in London, Scotland and France.
Mr O’Brien, who passed away Saturday night at the Bon Secours Hospital, was also involved in the revamp of Cork GAA’s Pairc Ui Chaoimh.
Developer Michael O’Flynn, who had known William 35-40 years, said he was very sad to hear of his passing.
“Willy was an extraordinary man, a true visionary who just got things done.
“He loved life and loved doing business.
“He was a typical Kerry man, always thinking ahead.
“He was a great character and great fun.” William and his wife Mary had six children, Monica, Maureen, Patricia, Sheila, William and Anthony.
Mr O’Brien will be reposing at Sullivan’s Funeral Home, Turner’s Cross tomorrow (Tuesday) at 5pm, followed by a removal at 7pm to the Church of the Descent of the Holy Spirit, Dennehy’s Cross.
A Requiem Mass will be held on Wednesday at 11am with the funeral afterwards to St Oliver’s Cemetery.