Paddy Sweeney (48) from Loughrea, Co. Galway is one of the region’s leading businessmen. A keen sportsman (he is a racehorse owner and rugby and GAA enthusiast) Paddy lives in his native Loughrea. He is married to Milla and the couple have three children, Amber, Mia and Shaun. Mr. Sweeney has a range of business interests across the country. He came to prominence back in the 1990s when he purchased the renowned ‘Mother Hubbards’ roadside restaurant in Co. Kildare. He also developed the Supermac franchise across a number of counties, before advancing his interests into property ownership and leasing. Roscommon Business Park Mr. Sweeney developed Roscommon Business Park in recent years. About a year and a half ago he and business partners Tony Considine and Gerry Prendergast bought a 400-acre landbank in Naas, Co. Kildare. Work is ongoing there on the massive Osberstown project which will incorporate office/enterprise/retail/leisure/residential developments. He also has property interests in numerous other areas, including Athlone, Ballinasloe, Loughrea, Limerick, Wexford, Naas and Tullamore. Paddy is a keen racing man and is a co-owner of Sky’s The Limit, memorably a winner at Cheltenham in 2006. He owns Prince Shaun and ‘Bahrain Storm’, the latter a likely Cheltenham runner this year. A former player with Loughrea RFC, he remains a keen supporter of the club and is also a GAA fan.