Business 100 - 2010

O'Connell Emmett

Emmett O’Connell/Great Western Mining Corporation

Emmett O’Connell is chairman of the Great Western Mining Corporation, a mineral exploration company based in Nevada with headquarters in Dublin.

A promoter of technology and exploration companies for over thirty years, Emmett has acted as founder and director of other companies including Eglington Exploration plc., Osceola Hydrocarbons and Bryson Oil and Gas plc.
Emmett’s career has taken him to many countries on five continents. He has been involved with highly successful public companies quoted on the London, Dublin and Vancouver Stock Exchanges. In April 2008 the London PLUS market awarded Great Western Mining Corp. the best resource stock award for the continued investing and expansion of the company’s North American mineral resources.

He was inducted as a Knight of St. Gregory in the Vatican in 1986. When not in some distant part of the world, Emmett lives on a farm in Wexford with his wife of 48 years. He has three children and six grandchildren.