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Thursday 19 April 2018

Profits soar at bar owned by gay icon Panti Bliss

Panti-Bliss aka Rory O’Neill. Photo: Iain White / Fennell Photography
Panti-Bliss aka Rory O’Neill. Photo: Iain White / Fennell Photography

Gordon Deegan

She may be the Queen of Ireland, but she's also a successful publican as well - Panti Bliss last year enjoyed a record year behind the counter at the Panti Bar.

On the back of Panti Bliss's growing national - and international fame - the Panti Bar in Dublin last year enjoyed record profits of €173,400 - more than double the profits recorded in 2014.

At the end of last year, Panti-Bliss's pub firm, Panty Bar Ltd was sitting pretty on accumulated profits of €205,359.

The €173,400 in profits for 2015 compare to profits of €82,290 in 2014, when the increase in the firm's cash pile was a more modest €15,810.

Gay icon Panti-Bliss aka Rory O'Neill first came to widespread national attention through the 'Pantigate' saga in 2014 that culminated in her Noble Call speech at the Abbey Theatre.Last year, Panti-Bliss was the best-known public face in support of the Marriage Equality referendum.

Forty-eight-year old Panti-Bliss co-owns the pub with publican and restaurateur Jay Bourke and the figures show that the firm's cash pile last year almost tripled going from €50,342 to €143,679. The Co Mayo native is also a good employer, with numbers employed at the Panti Bar last year increasing from 10 to 18 in response to the upsurge in business.

As a result, staff costs last year increased from €319,101 to €368,085 with directors' salaries totalling €52,830.

Irish Independent

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