Dermot Smurfit: “For Powerflute, it is a big deal. This deal fundamentally doubles our Ebidta (a measure of cashflow) from €20 million to €40 million.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Dermot Smurfit had been chasing the deal for some time before his speciality listed packaging group Powerflute finally acquired Corenso, an internatio(...)

Owen Killian, chief executive of Aryzta, with his RDS gold medal. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

What’s the secret to success in business? According to Aryzta boss Owen Killian, it boils down to one thing – relevance.It’s the key driver of change(...)

Developer Bernard McNamara: to oversee €20 million expansion of the K Club. Photograph: Collins

Dr Michael Smurfit has applied for planning permission to expand the K Club, in a €20 million project to be overseen by Bernard McNamara, the well-(...)

Paul McGinley: worked with the course architects on the redevelopment of the golf facilities at the complex. Photograph:   Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Fresh from his all-conquering captaincy at the Ryder Cup, Dubliner Paul McGinley was back at the grindstone in recent weeks, opening the newly revampe(...)

 Sir Anthony O’Reilly: his finances may have gone into the darkness, but his remarkable life remains a subject of fascination. File photograph: Frank Miller

The unexpected downfall of Tony O’Reilly was all over the papers. It was January 1963 and for the first and only time in his life, O’Reilly had been d(...)

Powerflute, chaired by Dermot Smurfit, has acquired Corenso, an international cores and cardboard producer for €81 million in a move that doubles the size of the business

Listed packaging group Powerflute, which is chaired by Dermot Smurfit, has acquired Corenso, an international cores and cardboard producer, for €81 mi(...)

  A general view during the Opening Ceremony ahead of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles  in Auchterarder, Scotland. Photograph:   Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images
Ryder Cup: The lowdown
  • Golf
  • September 25, 2014, 18:45

So the Ryder Cup is the greatest sporting show on earth? Well, it’s a subjective view perpetuated by those directly involved in staging and play(...)

There are proposals to refurbish K Club. Its value was written down by €16.2 million to €67 million in 2012.

Former developer Bernard McNamara is advising on plans to refurbish the K Club, the high end golf resort in Co Kildare owned by businessman Dr Mich(...)

The K Club is now fully owned by Dr Smurfit after he bought out property developer Gerry Gannon’s 50% share. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty

Financial statements signed off last month by the directors of the K Club show that the luxury Kildare golf resort owned by Michael Smurfit made a los(...)

David McCann,  chief executive of Fyffes:  must have felt as if he was walking on water. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Four months ago, when Fyffes’s $1 billion merger with its US banana rival Chiquita was announced, David McCann, the Irish company’s chief executive, m(...)