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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Business booms for Kearney with €460,000 profits

Mr Kearney pictured with his girlfriend Jess Redden. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Mr Kearney pictured with his girlfriend Jess Redden. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Gordon Deegan

Irish rugby star Rob Kearney is putting his business expertise to good use with accumulated profits at his firm jumping to over €460,000 last year.

The 30-year-old is one of Ireland's most marketable rugby players following the departure of Brian O'Driscoll from the scene.

Now, new figures from Mr Kearney's Willville Promotions Ltd underline the blossoming wealth of the Louth man's commercial firm with accumulated profits jumping by €186,361 from €275,747 to €462,108 last year.

The cash pile at the firm almost tripled from €62,581 to €179,283 last year.

In addition, Mr Kearney has invested €196,640 into unspecified investments. The amount owed to the firm last year increased from €40,414 to €117,065.

The filings show that Mr Kearney's younger brother and Ireland winger, Dave sits on the board of the firm, but the company is 100pc owned by Rob Kearney.

The Leinster star, whose commercial work includes appearances as an ambassador for Audi, has played 70 times for Ireland.

During a previous lay off through injury, the former UCD student took advantage of the extra time off by completing a master's degree in business by night.

Not resting on his laurels, he is putting what he learned in college to use and is involved with The Bridge 1859 pub in Ballsbridge and a recruitment company, Mason Alexander, in Merrion Square.

Irish Independent

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