« BackIrish-American philanthropist remembered for his support of Peace Process and Dingle Peninsula

Tributes are being paid to an Irish-American who supported the Peace Process and helped develop heritage projects in the Dingle Peninsula.

 

Bob Dunfey co-founded the Omni Hotels Group in the US and was a major business leader in New England.

 

Bob Dunfey

 

The 88-year-old whose mother, Catherine, was from Ballyferriter, helped support the development of Músaem Corca Dhuibhne and archaeological excavations in Corca Dhuibhne.

 

Bob Dunfey was an advisor to the White House Conference for Trade and Investment in Northern Ireland.

He brought  Senators Ted Kennedy and George Mitchell to his holiday home in Ballyferriter and campaigned for Senator Robert Kennedy in the 1960s.

 

Mr Dunfey and his brother Jack travelled to Oslo with John Hume and David Trimble when the two Northern Ireland leaders received the Nobel Peace Prize.

 

Gearóid Ó Brosnacháin is general manager of Comharchumann Forbartha Chorca Dhuibhne development company.

 

He says Mr Dunfey and his family played a vital part in the preservation and development of the culture, heritage and economic life of Corca Dhuibhne.

 

Bob Dunfey is to be buried in West Kerry.