Sunday November 1, 2020

This sporting life: Colm Barrington

After nearly 50 years at the top of Irish business, it’s his involvement with the Olympic Council of Ireland that now drives the former Aer Lingus boss

Barry J Whyte

Chief Feature Writer

@whytebarry
20th August, 2017
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Colm Barrington: ‘The whole Ryanair thing was pretty stressful’ Picture: Bryan Meade

Colm Barrington has almost half a century under his belt in Irish business. In 1968 he was 21 years old, fresh out of UCD with a Master’s degree in economics and he was offered a job with oil company BP.

He took it – it was, after all, the late 1960s, and jobs weren’t exactly in abundance – but things were slightly different for him. He had another job offer within two weeks: from Aer...

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