HUNDREDS paid their respects to Dundalk entrepreneur and philanthropist George Moore whose funeral took place at St Patrick’s Cathedral Dundalk last Thursday. The successful businessman died in Virginia in the US at the age of 62. The funeral Mass was celebrated by Fr Martin Hughes. Fr Hughes visited the late Mr Moore in the US every year and he told mourners that George was ‘larger than life’ and dedicated to his family.
He said George never lost touch with his homeland and also spoke about George’s generosity to others.
In 2009 he was invited back to De la Salle College to receive the illustrious Alumni Award, which recognises significant achievement by a distinguished former student. During the awards ceremony, George announced a scholarship fund for third level education worth €100,000 over five years. The scholarship has assisted many De la Salle students to go onto third level education.
George and Angela also made a gift of €3.5 million towards the UCD Science Centre, which will open later this year George Moore was born in Dundalk in 1951. The family lived at Pearse Park and George attended St Malachy’s primary school before going to De la Salle College where he sat his Leaving Cert in 1968. George’s family has a long affiliation with the De la Salle. George’s uncle, Jim Matthews, became a De la Salle brother and spent most of his life in Malaysia. George graduated from UCD and left Ireland in the 1970s after winning a Ford Foundation scholarship. George went to work in Silicon Valley where he founded National Decision Systems which became one of the fastest growing companies in the US. He founded TargusInfo in the 1990s to provide intelligent call processing information for firms. George was ranked among the richest on the Sunday Times Rich list and his contribution to Irish business has been recognised on many occasions. Queen Elizabeth recognised George’s contribution to the Northern Ireland economy and his international work on behalf of Ireland with an honorary CBE. George sold his company TargusInfo in 2011 to Neustar for $580 million. He is survived by his wife, Angela, and three children Kerla, Gareth and Ashlyn,granddaugther Fiona, sisters Briege, Gerardine and Eithne, brothers Robert, Francis and Brendan, parents-in-law Beras and Mickey, Aunt Mona, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, family circle, relatives, colleagues and many friends.