Tuesday 28 February 2017

VIDEO: Sam Maguire brings €8m lift to Dublin pubs, clubs and restaurants

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Dublin's Ger Brennan,
flanked by his All-Irelandwinning
teammates,
including captain Bryan
Cullen, left, and Eamon
Fennell, right, lifts the Sam
Maguire Cup to the rapturous
cheers of 35,000 supporters
who gathered at Merrion
Square, Dublin, last night
Dublin's Ger Brennan, flanked by his All-Irelandwinning teammates, including captain Bryan Cullen, left, and Eamon Fennell, right, lifts the Sam Maguire Cup to the rapturous cheers of 35,000 supporters who gathered at Merrion Square, Dublin, last night
Dublin manager Pat Gilroy and captain Bryan Cullen lift the Sam Maguire Cup at the 'Homecoming Celebrations' for the All-Ireland SFC winners at Merrion Square last night
Dublin's Denis Bastick and Jody Hannon
Dublin's Craig Dias and Yasmin Mirahmadi
Dublin's Paul Flynn and Fiona Hudson

DUBLIN has eight million reasons to smile today as shops, pubs and restaurants are reaping the benefits of the All Ireland win on Sunday.

The city was packed again last night as fans gave a massive homecoming to the conquering heroes.



It is believed that the win is worth up to €8m to the capital – matched in spending only by the weekend before Christmas.



Many Dublin fans followed captain Bryan Cullen to Copper Face Jacks, but many more enjoyed the atmosphere in packed pubs, clubs and restaurants in the city and suburbs.



The average spend per Dubliner over the weekend was €100 and Patrick King of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce said fans travelling for the match spend up to €250 each.



“You can take it that all major sporting events in the city have a huge knock on effect for pubs...There were so many who failed to get tickets who made a day of it in the pub. It was a game that was enjoyed all over the country and was very successful for pubs,” Padraig Cribeen, chief executive of the Vitner’ Federation of Ireland told the Daily Mail.



Some Dublin players made a real night of it at Coppper Face Jacks in Harcourt street after the All Ireland win– and stayed up singing with Damien Dempsey all night.

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