DATE OF BIRTH: 21 June 1928 DECEASED: 19 January 2001
RESIDENCE: Orwell Park, Rathgar, Dublin 6
Name Date of Birth Deceased
Willy was the second youngest of his family. He was born when the family lived in Kenilworth Square and he went to school in Synge Street. As a young man Willy had a keen interest acting and was a member of a acting school. On one occasion he took part in the Mikado in the Rathmines town hall.
After leaving school Willy went into the catering business and was Manager in a number of Dublin Hotels including the International Hotel, Bray, the Moira Hotel off Dame Street, Jury’s Hotel when it was located in Dame Street, the Dolphin Hotel and the Burlington Hotel. During his working career Willy also worked for Swisco which was an arline catering company located in Cork. Willy, together with his sons then opened a restaurant in Shelbourne Road, Dublin called The Small Home, he also tendered for and won the catering contract for the National Concert Hall in Earlsfort Terrace. During his career Willy travelled abroad on many occasions as part of Bord Failte delegations promoting Ireland as a place to visit. In 1969 Willy, together with his brother Johnny purchased a property in Kilternan where they built the Oppermann Hotel and Country Club.
When Beatrice and Willy got married they initially lived in Churchtown then a number of years later he purchased a house in Orwell Park where he lived until he died.
Willy inherited the Oppermann culinary traits and enjoyed cooking and entertaining. He had a keen interest in antiques and plants but most of all Willy loved animals. He had a number of dogs which he considered part of as his offspring.