The saga of Gorse Hill: How the O'Donnells bounced back

The rich are different to you and me. They have more money. Today, the Gorse Hill O’Donnells are debt-free and back in business

Barry J Whyte

Chief Feature Writer @whytebarry
15th April, 2018
Gorse Hill on Vico Road in Killiney, the former home of the O’Donnell family Pic: Justin Farrelly

‘Non magni pendis quia contigit.’

The 1990s were a heady time to be a solicitor in Ireland. Money was beginning to flow around the economy as it never had before, and for someone well versed in the intricacies of corporate law – as Brian O’Donnell was – it must have seemed like there was a killing to be made by smart people.

O’Donnell was a partner with Dublin solicitors firm William...

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