Rugby stars help drive soaring profits at D4 pub
The Dublin 4 pub co-owned by Irish rugby stars Rob and Dave Kearney, Jamie Heaslip and Sean O'Brien last year enjoyed soaraway profits. The four joined with publican Noel Anderson to drive business forward at the The Bridge 1859 pub in Ballsbridge in Dublin.
New figures lodged by their pub firm, Herbert Inns Ltd, show the pub enjoyed profits of €287,865 in the 12 months to February 29 this year.
In an interview, Mr Anderson said that "the business is going very well. It is going from strength to strength".
He added that the Leinster rugby stars were playing "a big role" in the running of the pub and were seen regularly at the pub.
"They are very involved and I think it gives them a good 'out' from rugby. It takes their minds off the game and they can see that we are on to a winner here," he said.
The players' exploits on the rugby field did business no harm, with Mr Anderson saying the pub enjoyed record revenues on the day of the recent Ireland v All-Black match at the Aviva. The pub's success has resulted in the business purchasing the restaurant next door and extending the pub.
The rugby stars and Mr Anderson also opened up a second pub this summer. The Lemon & Duke is located off Dublin's Grafton Street. "It is trading out of its skin," Mr Anderson said.