Irish rugby stars drives profits ahead
Two of Ireland's best-known rugby stars of recent years are also playing it smart off the pitch.
New accounts show that accumulated profits at the commercial firm owned by Sean O'Brien, nicknamed the Tullow Tank, powered to almost €280,000 last year.
The accounts lodged by the Ireland and Leinster flanker's SOB Management and Promotions Ltd show that its accumulated profits jumped from €210,596 to €279,822 in the 12 months to the end of March last.
Off the field, O'Brien has invested wisely. Bridge 1859 - the Dublin 4 pub that he co-owns with fellow Irish internationals Rob and Dave Kearney and Jamie Heaslip - has reported a healthy trade.
Mr O'Brien, currently sidelined through injury, is also heavily involved in promoting fast food firm Supermacs.
The cash pile at O'Brien's firm totalled €27,284. First capped in 2009, Mr O'Brien has gone on to win 51 caps for Ireland. Mr O'Brien didn't take any pay from the firm last year.
Separate accounts for flying winger Tommy Bowe - who is to retire from professional rugby at the end of this season after an illustrious career - show that accumulated profits at his firm jumped to over €550,000 last year. Accounts for the Irish winger's firm, Tommy Bowe Sports Ltd, show that its accumulated profits increased from £355,152 to £496,200 (€557,295) in the 12 months to the end of March.
The company's cash pile totalled £167,500 while the value of its investment properties amounted to £866,534.Co Monaghan shoe firm Buddha Brand Industry has credited Bowe and Amy Huberman with an upsurge in sales at the company.