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Gentleman boxer

Gentleman boxer

Andy Lee won a world title after a series of setbacks, without compromising his decency. His self-awareness has left him better prepared than most for life after boxing – even if he doesn’t know what he wants to do

Profile of Stan Lee: Marvel Man

Profile of Stan Lee: Marvel Man

Spider-Man, The Avengers, The Incredible Hulk, The Fantastic Four and X-Men have proved global box office gold, and, with his quirky penchant for making fleeting cameos in the live action features, ensured Lee’s iconic status in pop culture

Cignal chief's towering internet ambition

Cignal chief's towering internet ambition

Colin Cunningham believes communications masts can bring quality wireless internet to almost anywhere in Ireland

How Tommy Fleming's Knock gamble paid off

How Tommy Fleming's Knock gamble paid off

He’s sold over 3.5 million albums during his career, but singer Tommy Fleming has had to learn hard lessons about business along the way

Profile: Bad boy Banks?

Profile: Bad boy Banks?

Arron Banks, who revels in presenting himself as a plain-speaking populist railing against the liberal elite, has dismissed the various allegations against him as an anti-Brexit plot propagated by ‘remoaners’.

Vanguard to invest €50m in north Dublin health campus

Vanguard to invest €50m in north Dublin health campus

Health campus will create 550 jobs and be in partnership with leading NHS trust that will serve public and private patients

This company has been good to me. I needed something to do. It has never been financial. This is a family business

This company has been good to me. I needed something to do. It has never been financial. This is a family business

Tragedy led Vicki O’Toole to go from stay-at-home mum to managing director of the family packaging business, but it is a role that she now relishes

Oil to play for

Oil to play for

Death, a 1,109-carat diamond and friends in Islamic State: David Horgan thought life would be boring as a lawyer, so he opted to lead oil, gas and resource exploration projects instead across Africa, South America and the Middle East

Still in the game: Charlie Chawke

Still in the game: Charlie Chawke

After surviving the recession, publican Charlie Chawke is now running nine hostelries and planning to expand his own local, the Goat. But he still carries a debt burden from his 2005 purchase of the Orchard in Rathfarnham for €22 million

We started the business debt-free and we are still debt-free. We’ll take all the cash we generate and put it back into the business

We started the business debt-free and we are still debt-free. We’ll take all the cash we generate and put it back into the business

David Collins and his business partner, David Byrne, launched Great National Hotels and Resorts in the teeth of the last recession. Almost a decade on, they’re not just surviving, but thriving

Profile of David McCourt: The Irish connection

Profile of David McCourt: The Irish connection

Who is the man seeking to spearhead the biggest piece of national connectivity infrastructure since electrification, bringing high speed broadband to 540,000 homes and businesses in areas of critical need around Ireland?

Brand on the run

Brand on the run

Last month it emerged that Cristiano Ronaldo was the subject of an allegation of rape being investigated by police in Los Angeles. He has denied any wrongdoing, but the questions continue to circle around the Portuguese player

The Re-Start: Isa Nacewa

The Re-Start: Isa Nacewa

A life can change course in a matter of minutes. Isa Nacewa knows that as well as anyone. His turning point came in 2003, during the Rugby World Cup

Europa Hotel owner backs second Brexit referendum

Europa Hotel owner backs second Brexit referendum

Howard Hastings, who runs seven successful hotels in the North, sees the British vote to leave the EU as a ‘monumental folly’

Adjusting to the new normal

Adjusting to the new normal

The economy might be growing, but investment by Irish companies is still 30 per cent below what it should be, Bank of Ireland’s Michael Lauhoff tells Ian Guider