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Leading Irish philanthropist identified

Leading Irish philanthropist identified

Irish newspaper the Sunday Independent has identified the person it claims is “the foremost Irish philanthropist” – Declan Ryan, who last week made a €10 million donation to build schools in Sri Lanka.

The newspaper claims that Declan Ryan, 47, also donated at least €27 million up to early 2009.

Ryan is the son of Ryanair founder Dr Tony Ryan. His late brother Cathal was also a philanthropist and before he died arranged his affairs to continue giving along with his brother. He left €250 million to family and friends in his will as well as around €35 million to charity.

The €10 million donation to Sri Linka, with which the Ryans have a family connection, was given via UNICEF. It was announced at the ‘Partnering with the Philanthropic Community to Promote Education For All’ event at the General Assembly Hall in the United Nations.

Ryan runs The One Foundation, named after the U2 song One, which has given millions of euros to charities in and overseas. In it mainly supports Barnardos, Children’s Rights Alliance and Longford Women’s Link.

Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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