Tycoons: Celtic Kings

The Murtagh family, founders of Kingspan, amassed their fortune making water tanks, bins, timber frame homes and insulating panels. By 2006, it meant that Eugene and Brendan Murtagh were looking at a prospective collective wealth approaching €1 billion

1st October, 2017
Gene, Eugene and Brendan Murtagh of the Kingspan building materials group during its agm in Dublin in May 2004

Few business people are smiling at the prospect of rising energy bills. Growing concerns about the need to be more energy efficient have left them perplexed and in need of new ideas. But those same concerns are filling the coffers of the Murtagh family, the founders of Kingspan, the County Cavan-based building and insulation products group.

Kingspan’s co-founder and chairman, Eugene Murtagh (63), last week saw the value of his stake in the firm top...

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