The Principals of Danu Partners are Michael Oâï¿½ï¿½Rourke, Leonard Ryan and Mark Oâï¿½ï¿½Meara. Leonard and Michael are the co-founders of the Setanta Sports Group, which they founded together in 1992, while in their early twenties. Since then, they have built the Setanta Sports Group into a profitable international sports television operator, with operations worldwide. They founded Danu with Mark Oâï¿½ï¿½Meara in 2009 to acquire the non UK assets of the Setanta Sports Group. Michael and Leonard also founded the North American Sports Network, which was acquired by ESPN in 2007 and is now known as ESPN America.
Mark Oâï¿½ï¿½Meara joined the Setanta Sports Group in 2000, as CFO of Servecast, a broadband video service provider, of which he later became CEO, prior to its sale to Level 3 Communications for $50m in 2007. He held a variety of roles at Setanta Sports prior to co-founding Danu Partners with Michael Oâï¿½ï¿½Rourke and Leonard Ryan in 2009. Prior to Servecast, Mark worked in investment banking with the Investment Bank of Ireland, where he advised many of Irelandâï¿½ï¿½s leading companies on mergers, acquisitions and capital raising. Mark is a Chartered Accountant, having trained at Ernst & Young.