Patrick (Pat) Collins-McCarthy, broadcast engineer, executive producer and social innovator (of Monasterboice, Co. Louth and formerly of Clonakilty, Co. Cork and Donnybrook, Dublin 4) has died suddenly but peacefully after a brief illness at the age of 76 in the company of his beloved wife, son and Fr. Joseph, and under the care of his doctors, nurses and caregivers.
beloved husband of Iris (who worked for the Medical Missionaries of Mary and Robert Berney, Jr. before becoming a homemaker) and loving father of Siobhán (guest teacher, Cape Town City Ballet Company and former guest artist, Sarasota Ballet) and Seán (a social entrepreneur, sports and media consultant, filmmaker and former international tennis player).
Patrick has shown great courage and strength throughout his life as a son, husband, father, grandfather, humanitarian and social innovator.
Most recently, he served as President and Director of COLHQ International, a holding company (focused on developing and managing social enterprise, innovation and impact initiatives in media, licensing, education, tourism, hospitality and CSR) founded with his son, Seán, and with the support of his friend and financial advisor, Vincent Flood of Vinny Flood Financial Services (died 2021) and friend and former RTÉ colleague, Lawrence Fee of Yard Media.
He was also Executive Producer of Master Discovery, a creative multi-genre documentary series currently in production which focuses on the humanitarian and sustainable development efforts of prominent Irish leaders (and world leaders with close ties to Ireland) – incl. JFK, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Garret FitzGerald, Marian Finucane, Barack Obama, Denis O’Brien, et al. – support grassroots organizations and NGOs focused on low-cost interventions and innovations for marginalized women, children at risk and smallholder farming families in developing and least developed countries.
Previously, he served on the advisory board of Horizon in Washington, D.C. alongside his daughter-in-law, Jess (a UF and Purdue University graduate and international development economist), and many renowned leaders in the world. industry, military and non-profit organizations, including. Dr. Charles N. Toftoy (GWU, Raytheon & Lear Siegler); Joan Hisaoka (Hisaoka PR – died 2008); Gen. William GT Tuttle Jr. (US Army – died 2020), Peter A. Kirsch (Office of James V. Kimsey – Founding CEO & Chairman, AOL & Past Chairman, Refugees Intl. & ICMP), et al.
He was also a special advisor to his son’s former American private equity firm (THG) – alongside Garry Campbell (formerly, Robert M. Bass Group), Gregory C. Breunich (formerly, IMG), George McGill (formerly, Danske Bank) and Peter A. Kirsch – which served as an investment vehicle for an attempted acquisition of IMG from Forstmann Little & Co. in 2011.
Patrick was closely related to Irish statesman and political activist, Michael Collins, through his maternal great-grandfather, John Collins, of Woodfield, Clonakilty, West Cork. In 2014 he co-founded the Michael Collins Foundation Initiatives with his son, Seán, in consultation with relatives Michael O’Mahony (retired barrister) and Nora Owen (former TD and Minister of Justice) at Leinster House, and John Bruton (former Taoiseach and EU Ambassador to the US) with senior representatives from IDA Ireland at Wilton Park House.
He has been closely involved in overseeing media, marketing, licensing and social impact initiatives inspired by the vision, philosophy and approach of Michael Collins, including. films, special events, consumer products and humanitarian initiatives.
In 2001, Patrick and his son Seán established the Irish special events company – Collins-McCarthy Promotions Ltd. under the name of Property Management – and have raised venture capital funds from high net worth individuals and corporate finance firms to fund the Collins Cup (dedicated to Michael Collins), a world-class women’s tennis tournament in the format Ryder Cup, the first of its kind, held at the RDS in Dublin in 2002 (with the Williams sisters, Lindsay Davenport, Jennifer Capriati, Monica Seles, Anna Kournakova, Iva Majoli, Elena Bovina, Barbara Schett and Daniela Hantuchova), which was televised live/broadcast to more than 750 million viewers worldwide (Sky Sports, Star Asia, ESPN, Gillette World Sport, Trans World Sport, etc.).
Although the Collins Cup and associated events (in aid of child victims of the Chernobyl disaster) attracted worldwide media attention and praise, they failed to attract adequate support from the Irish market and , hence, this lack of support, coupled with the high barriers to entry. and the predatory behavior suffered by his company in the Irish market, created a negative sequential effect which forced the company into liquidation in 2003.
He and his son Seán then won a legal battle in the High Court of Ireland, in which the High Court ruled on February 16, 2005 that the company and its directors, Patrick and Seán, had acted honestly and responsibly at all times. time with respect to the conduct of the affairs of the company; thus justifying the lack of support and predatory behavior experienced by their Irish special events company (Property Management) and their strategic partners, namely the Mark H. McCormack Group of Companies (IMG).
Subsequently, Patrick and his son Seán entered into joint venture negotiations with IMG (the Propriety Mgmt’s largest creditor. who agreed to cancel the debt and move forward with Patrick and Seán to develop sports and media properties through their new entity), negotiating with senior executives in the United States (Cleveland, OH and Bradenton, FL) and in London, United Kingdom, and therefore, the creation of a new special purpose entity in the United States.
Patrick began his professional career as a broadcast engineer at RTÉ (recruited in Master Controlled and promoted in the international unit where he oversaw satellite communications and broadcast production, logistics and distribution for major sporting events, papal and state visits and news programming) and was educated at the College of Technology (later DIT and now Technological University Dublin) followed by vocational training at BBC Pebble Mill Studios, Carr Communications and the Irish Management Institute.
He was chosen to oversee the international aired for RTÉ’s Formula 1 coverage with team members and friends, Michael O’Carroll and Peter Collins, also traveling to the Brazilian, Japanese and Monaco Grands Prix such as several football and rugby leagues (e.g. UEFA, Six Nations, etc.) with colleagues and broadcasters, including George Hamilton and Jim Sherwin (died 2021).
In addition to his passion for technology, media and social innovation, Patrick was an avid reader who loved poetry and history, which he inherited largely from his mother. He was also a lover of nature and animals, and a dedicated athlete who played Gaelic football for Clonakilty, West Cork, the O’Raghallaighs of Drogheda and RTÉ.
He also played football for RTÉ, enjoyed squash with colleagues and friends as a social activity, and tennis with his beloved wife and family over the years in their homes in Ireland, Florida, USA and Santander, Spain.
He loved travel and experience cultural immersion, learn about local culture and history.
The Requiem Mass was concelebrated by Fr. Paul Murphy, Fr. Brendan O’Rourke and Bishop Michael Router at St. Peter’s Church, West Street, Drogheda, and broadcast live on the internet.
His son Seán delivered a poignant and powerful eulogy that captured the essence of his father sense of duty and responsibility towards family and professional and humanitarian commitments years.
During the eulogy, his son expressed Patrick’s love for Ireland.
“Before coming to live in Drogheda (where he met, fell in love with and married my mother in this church 50 years ago this month), he lived and studied in London in his youth. He often reminded me that during this period of London, he remembered Ireland, and this desire to return home with which he identified many expatriates, especially Irish poets and scholars.
“One of his favorite poems ‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree’ by WB Yeats best describes this story… Throughout his life, my father aspired to flee to his Innisfree, however, due to a sense of duty and responsibility to his family and our business and humanitarian commitments, he chose not to run and instead stood by our side.
“Dad, you are now in your Innisfree in Heaven and we can only thank you for your dedication in striving to live our lives in a way you would be proud of.
Prof. Paul Murphy presented with eloquence and sincerity the highlights of the inspiring life of Patrick and career, spanning industries and continents, and above all his unwavering belief in remain true to its values and principles, deeply rooted in its faith, inspired by its parent, Michael Collins, and cherished by family, friends and colleagues.
Patrick is survived by his wife and children, son-in-law, Ross, daughter-in-law, Jess, grandchildren, Haley, Hannah, Lily and Lucy, brother-in-law, Tom, sister-in-law, Margaret, nephews, nieces, relatives, extended family and close family friends, especially the Huertas Eguiluz and Huerta Murphy family from Madrid, Cuenca and Santander, Spain, as well as their many business, media and humanitarian colleagues around the world.
Patrick (Pat) Collins-McCarthy – Born: January 16, 1946. Died: August 2, 2022
May he rest in peace.