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Tuesday 23 September 2014

The Bridge 1859 - paying homage to the popular D4 watering hole

Sarah Stack

Published 02/09/2014 | 16:07

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NO REPRO FEE 02/09/2014 Bellamy's becomes The Bridge 1859. Pictured are Ireland and Leinster Rugby players (l to r) Sean O'Brien, Jamie Heaslip, Dave Kearney and Rob Kearney. After months of speculation, The Bridge 1859 was officially announced today as the name of the Ballsbridge bar formerly known as Bellamy's. Recently acquired by Noel Anderson of The Grafton Lounge alongside Ireland and Leinster Rugby stars Jamie Heaslip, Sean O'Brien and brothers Rob and Dave Kearney, The Bridge 1859 looks forward to welcoming a scrum of customers from the end of September! See www.thebridge1859.ie for more information. Photo Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland
Bellamy's becomes The Bridge 1859. Pictured are its new owners Ireland and Leinster Rugby players (l to r) Sean O'Brien, Jamie Heaslip, Dave Kearney and Rob Kearney. Photo Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland
NO REPRO FEE 02/09/2014 Bellamy's becomes The Bridge 1859. Pictured are Ireland and Leinster Rugby players (l to r) Sean O'Brien, Jamie Heaslip, Rob Kearney and Dave Kearney. After months of speculation, The Bridge 1859 was officially announced today as the name of the Ballsbridge bar formerly known as Bellamy's. Recently acquired by Noel Anderson of The Grafton Lounge alongside Ireland and Leinster Rugby stars Jamie Heaslip, Sean O'Brien and brothers Rob and Dave Kearney, The Bridge 1859 looks forward to welcoming a scrum of customers from the end of September! See www.thebridge1859.ie for more information. Photo Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland
Bellamy's becomes The Bridge 1859. Pictured are its new owners, Ireland and Leinster Rugby players Sean O'Brien, Jamie Heaslip, Rob Kearney and Dave Kearney. Photo Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Irish rugby star Sean O'Brien said he can't wait to start pulling pints in the new bar he's due to open next month with three fellow internationals.

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O'Brien, Jamie Heaslip, and brothers Rob and Dave Kearney have also revealed the new name of Bellamy’s pub in Ballsbridge will be The Bridge 1859.

“For all of us it was important to get a name that paid homage to the history of the building and the area,” said Heaslip.

“We feel that The Bridge 1859 captures both – we’re located in Ballsbridge, and the building was first used as a pub in 1859. We also wanted a name that was easy to roll off the tongue standing in the RDS or the Aviva - let's go to The Bridge for one.”

They hope to welcome a scrum of customers from the end of September

“I’ve always been interested in owning a pub and now that is has become a reality, I can’t wait to get behind the bar and pull a few pints!” said O’Brien.

“I'm looking forward to chatting with customers and hearing their thoughts on the place."

The Bridge 1859has been completely redesigned with a new interior, with a longer bar offering beers, wine, spirits and food.

“We are all thrilled at how the bar is looking,” said Rob.

“We’re working with some great architects and designers, and I think people are going to be really surprised at how the place has been transformed.”.

The four joined forces with well-known Dublin publican Noel Anderson, who already owns the Grafton Lounge, to buy the pub in the €1.35m deal.

"Teaming up with Noel was a no-brainer,” added Dave Kearney. “He has made a huge success out of The Grafton Lounge, and we’re positive that we can do the same with The Bridge 1859."

The bar – which is currently recruiting full and part time staff - is located right in the heart of Dublin’s rugby scene, close to both the Aviva Stadium and the RDS.

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