IT’S believed that Ballydehob-born property developer Greg Coughlan, who fled the country after the financial crash, will be buried in his native West Cork.
Mr Coughlan, who headed up Howard Holdings, died unexpectedly in recent days. He enjoyed considerable success during Celtic Tiger years but was subsequently pursued by investors for €28m and in 2010 fled the country for Portugal. It believed that his remains will be flown back to Ireland and buried in the nearest cemetery to Ballydehob, which is located in Schull.
Ballydehob post mistress, Bridie Roycroft who, in 2007, took over the post office from Greg’s mother, Peg, said: ‘Greg was part of a very well-known and liked local family.’
Prior to leaving the country he lived in Fastnet House which was believed to be the most expensive home built in Kinsale. It was sold in 2013 for €3m, having cost €6m to build. Mr Coughlan is survived by his wife Ann and their children. He had been ill in recent times, but his death was unexpected.