The Fall Of The House Of Crosbie

The Fall Of The House Of Crosbie
The headquarters of Thomas Crosbie Holdings in Cork

Last Tuesday night, a five-generation run of the Crosbies controlling the Irish Examiner came to an end when they were bought by out the Irish Times. How did this minted media dynasty finally come to grief?

In 2000, Alan Crosbie wrote a book entitled Don’t Leave it to the Children: Starting, Building and Sustaining a Family Business. Little did he realise that, 17 years later, there would be no family business to leave.

The Crosbie family’s association with the Irish Examiner stretches back 175 years when 15-year-old Thomas Crosbie from Kerry began working for the newspaper. He went on to become its editor and in 1872, he bought the paper. Since then,...

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