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A life’s work in Irish freight

[ June 8, 2022   //   ]

Owen O’Brien (left) was presented with an honorary fellowship of Irish International Freight Association by president Terry Sweeney (right) at its meeting on 2 June – the first face-to-face event since the start of the Covid outbreak.

The award recognised Owen O’Brien’s many years of service and contribution to the Irish freight forwarding and customs brokerage industry,

He began his career in the 1960s before co-founding forwarder Emerald Freight Express with the late Thomas Freeney, in 1981. After 40 years, Emerald remains an independent freight forwarding company, now managed by his colleagues who he worked with over many years.

Throughout his career, Owen O’Brien gave his support to the industry through his work with the Irish International Freight Association, having spent time on IIFA Council and contributing to various working groups. A keen supporter of education, he also ensured that Emerald Freight was an early and regular supporter of the IIFA FIATA Diploma course.

He was also president of Irish Air Cargo Institute from 2002 to 2005 and was an active member of the Irish Branch of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

He also finds time to be president of Skerries Town Football Club.