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Keeping up with the D'Arcys: Gordon and Aoife give VIP restaurant preview to rugby stars

MELANIE FINN. SHOWBIZ EDITOR

Published 28/03/2014 | 07:51

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Aoife Cogan & Gordon Darcy
Gordon D'Arcy of Leinster gets a kiss from Aoife Cogan as he celebrates his sides victory during the Heineken Cup Final between Leinster and Ulster at Twickenham Stadium on May 19, 2012 in London, United Kingdom. Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images

Ireland centre Gordon D'Arcy and Aoife Cogan had a private bash with other rugby stars to toast their latest venture in Ranelagh, the Herald can reveal.

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Fresh from being honoured with his fellow Six Nations champs at a State reception in Farmleigh, Gordon was hosting an invitation of his own on Wednesday night.

Only a select number of guest were allowed through the door, sources told the Herald.

The rugby star and his wife invited teammates to celebrate the opening of their new Exchequer Wine Bar and Restaurant in the southside suburb.

"It was a soft opening for Gordon and Aoife and a few of their very close family and friends to check out some of the wines and have some canapés," a source said.

"It was very exclusive -- there were only about 20 people there and they pulled the shutters down so nobody could see in."

The pair were "thrilled" with the results of the revamp, which saw the Exchequer owners transforming the Dublin 6 site into the second venue of the same name.

Gordon already has a share in the Exchequer bar in Dublin 2, alongside Ian Tucker and Peter Rock, which has become a massive success.

They have now spread their wings to the southside suburb, with the venue opening this evening. Featuring 100 different wines, alongside Irish craft beers and cocktails, it will also serve antipasti and selected dishes.

Gordon is far from the first of his Ireland and Leinster team-mates to dip his toes into the pub business.

Last month, Jamie Heaslip joined forces with Rob and Dave Kearney alongside Sean O'Brien to snap up well-known rugby haunt Bellamy's in D4.

Meanwhile, former Ireland player Eoin O'Malley also owns a share in Sam's Bar on Dawson Street, which is quickly becoming a go-to bar for rugger huggers.

 

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