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Paula and he had by now separated (they divorced in 2009) and Seán rented a flat in Ballsbridge early in 1995. Following the elections of 1997 which Bruton lost, Seán decided not to return to GE and began to accept non-executive directorships with companies such as Norwich Union, Hibernian, Aviva, Enba, and Fly Leasing, mostly insurance and aviation financing related. He was also invited by the Governing Body of the University of Limerick to become its chair and Chancellor in 2002 and filled these posts until 2008. Other activities included chairing the Birr Scientific and Heritage Foundation at the request of Lord Rosse. This involved liaising with Government agencies to have the Great Telescope in Birr renovated and restored to working order. He also worked as a full-time volunteer advising Michael Noonan when he was leader of Fine Gael in 2001/02. Monica married Con Gregg and they now have three children, Aoife (b. 1995), Aisling (b. 1998) and Claire (b. 2001). Brendan married Fiona Sheridan and they have one child, Alex (b. 2007). After a long illness, Paula died in 2011 of early onset dementia. While writing this, Sean was asked by the Government to become an executive director of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, a London based bank owned by 64 governments. It raises money on the international capital markets and finances projects to promote open, market-based economies in former Communist countries. Sean plans to move to London in September and has agreed to take the position until the end of 2015.

Áine Hyland (née Donlon) Áine was the third child of Tom and Peggy Donlon and was born on 1st March 1942 in Athboy, Co. Meath. She was born prematurely and weighed less than 5 lbs so the midwife wrapped her in cotton wool and kept her warm in a box above the turf range for the first few weeks of her life! The family moved to Drogheda when Áine was two years old. She attended St. Mary’s National School on the Dublin Road from the age of 3, and by the time she left Drogheda at the age of 7 in 1949, she had completed second class. She remembers that she had very little English when she started school and worried that she might inadvertently speak Irish instead of English to her school friends! She learned piano from Sr. Catherine and has her Preliminary and Primary Grade certificates to show for her efforts! She remembers the summer of 1949 very well – the move initially from Drogheda to Bandon, where Peggy and the children stayed with Nana on St. Patrick’s Hill for three months until Tom was allocated a district in Cavan in September. She remembers the long car journey from Bandon to Cavan in early September – with two adults and seven children stuffed into a Ford Prefect car!

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O'Briens of Bandon - 1875 to 2013  

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This is the story of the family of John and Sarah O’Brien of Bandon, Co. Cork, Ireland, and their descendants. They had eleven children and...