Johnnie Fox's on high with rise in profits
Pre-tax profits at one of the best known pubs in the country, Johnnie Fox's in the Dublin Mountains, reached new heights last year when they increased by 15pc to €226,801.
Gross profits at the self-styled highest pub in Dublin rose by 6pc from €2.9m to €3.08m in the 12 months to the end of March 31, 2014.
The profit last year follows Fox's Pub recording a pre-tax profit of €196,769 in 2013.
Pub owner Tony McMahon said yesterday that "business is going extremely well" and expects higher profits in the current year.
Mr McMahon said that over the years the pub has provided hospitality to seven heads of state, six prime ministers along with celebrities that include Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
The pub employs 86 and Mr McMahon said that "we have bookings six months in advance at the moment for food and entertainment".
"There is a different crowd here every single night," he added.
Mr McMahon said that coming to Johnnie Fox's in Glencullen is an adventure for people.
"They're climbing this windy road in the darkness and the expression on their faces when they open the door to a place that is alive is something to behold. You can see them tipping each other saying 'what the hell is going on here?' It is great to see."
Mr McMahon said that the key to the success of the pub is great music and great food along with friendly staff.