Wednesday 28 September 2016

‘Four children later... Coppers has a lot to answer for,’ says couple who found love on Harcourt Street

Beloved Dublin haunt Copper Face Jacks celebrates its twentieth anniversary this week.

Published 14/04/2016 | 14:24

Brendan and Orlene found love in Copper Face Jacks
Brendan and Orlene found love in Copper Face Jacks

A regrettable smooch might be the closest thing to romance many of us will ever find in Copper Face Jacks, but for a few lucky couples the famous Dublin nightclub was the scene that set them on the path to love.

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Mayo man Brendan Mooney (39) credits the Harcourt Street haunt, which celebrates its twentieth anniversary today, for landing him his wife Orlene (40).

Brendan Mooney pictured with his wife Orlene and children Ella (8) Sadbh (6) Roisin (4) and Senan (1)
Brendan Mooney pictured with his wife Orlene and children Ella (8) Sadbh (6) Roisin (4) and Senan (1)

The pair admit that Coppers has a lot to answer for in their mad house, happily taken over by children Ella (8) Sadbh (6) Roisin (4) and one-year-old baby Senan.

“I met my wife Orlene in 2001 in Copper Face Jacks. It was Christmas time and I’m from Kiltimagh and we all used to meet up for a few drinks before we’d head home for Christmas,” said Brendan.

“I was living in Dublin at the time and working as an auditor.

“As it happens Orlene was living with a girl from Kiltimagh at the time and the rest is history.

“We lived in Dublin until 2006, and moved to Mayo were we had four children... Coppers has a lot to answer for,” he joked.

Read more: Melanie Finn: 'I reluctantly gave up my Coppers gold card on my wedding day'

Brendan Mooney pictured with his wife Orlene on their wedding day
Brendan Mooney pictured with his wife Orlene on their wedding day

Brendan revealed that the couple often bear the brunt of good-natured teasing and a friend even managed to squeeze a Coppers mention into their wedding ceremony.

“We get a bit of teasing about the whole thing, but who cares where you’ve met.

“Our friend Emma Walsh actually managed an incredible feat by getting Copper Face Jacks into the Prayer of the Faithful at our wedding,” he said.

Read more: What's your best or worst Copper Face Jacks memory?

The dad-of-four revealed he is quite proud of the fact that he found the one on Harcourt Street.

“I’m quite proud of the fact. If you can’t get the shift in Coppers you’re in a bit of bother,” he joked.

“We used to always go to Coppers for a bit of fun and a laugh, we’d always end up meeting someone we’d know or running into some fella from home.

“Coppers brought us together. Maybe they’ll sponsor a romantic trip back to where it all started,” laughed Brendan.

Tonight Coppers will celebrate two decades of business with a no-holds-barred party on Harcourt Street.

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