Wednesday 29 March 2017

Profits at Johnny Fox's reach new heights

Johnnie Fox’s pub, which has hosted heads of state, prime ministers, and Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
Johnnie Fox’s pub, which has hosted heads of state, prime ministers, and Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

Gordon Deegan

Profits at one of the best known pubs in the country, Johnnie Fox's in the Dublin mountains reached new heights last year when they increased by €231,507.

This followed Fox's Pub Ltd, which operates the self-styled highest pub in Dublin, recording pre-tax profits of €226,801 in 2014.

The firm's accumulated profits at the end of last March totalled €328,393, compared to €96,886 in accumulated profits in March 2014.

Numbers employed by the business last year reduced from 55 to 48. Only 420 people live within a radius of 2.5 miles of the pub that is situated 12 miles from Dublin, but the pub manages to attract large crowds to the venue all year round.

Over the years, the pub has provided hospitality to seven heads of state, six prime ministers along with celebrities that include Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, while Brian Keenan enjoyed his first pint in Ireland at Johnny Fox's after his release.

The business is owned by Limerick man Tony McMahon who has run it for 30 years.

The firm's cash pile last year declined marginally going from €182,820 to €180,912.

Mr McMahon was not available for comment yesterday but in a previous interview, he said that coming to Johnnie Fox's is an adventure for people and that the key to the success of the pub is great music and great food along with a very friendly staff.

The firm's staff costs last year increased from €1.656m to €1.747m.

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