Jonathan Irwin is best known as the man who, following the tragic death of his son at 22 months old, set up the Jack & Jill Foundation so that other parents would not have to go through the hardship his family did to nurse their sick child at home. He is an outspoken critic of the state’s lack of support for these families, and in recent years has vigorously opposed the plans to create a Children’s Hospital at St James’s instead of in Blanchardstown.
He was very involved in the Irish horse-racing industry and ran Goffs bloodstock sales for many years, as well as Phoenix Park Racecourse during its golden years. He was also involved in the early days of Ryanair and was Head of the Irish Sports Council which was instrumental in bringing the Tour de France to Ireland for the first time in 1997.
He came to Borris in 2014 to talk about his son Jack.