Reared on a small farm in Brittas in County Dublin in the 1940s and 1950s, Jim Mansfield went on to become one of Ireland’s richest men, helped by a daring deal done in the aftermath of the Falklands War.
A visit to Augusta National in Georgia inspired him to build a small hotel called Citywest in west Dublin in the late 1980s. By the time he was finished, it was arguably the biggest hotel in Europe.
But his son Jimmy tells the Sunday Business Post this weekend that his father didn’t see the crash coming, and the family watched their empire being sold off by receivers at what they saw as knockdown prices.
Three years after Jim Mansfield’s death, two generations of his family tell Tom Lyons their side of an extraordinary life, and speak out about media reports linking their father with criminality and money laundering.