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Well-known Dublin pub O’Donoghue’s upbeat despite accommodation challenges for staff and tourists

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O'Donoghue's bar is famed for its music. Photo: Julien Behal/PA Wire

O'Donoghue's bar is famed for its music. Photo: Julien Behal/PA Wire

O'Donoghue's bar is famed for its music. Photo: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Accommodation shortages for both tourists and staff are just two of the challenges facing one of Ireland’s most storied pubs, O’Donoghue’s on Merrion Row in Dublin.

Since reopening with the easing of Covid-19 restrictions “we have found trade to be strong with great support from our regular customers along with a good return in the visitor market”, said a spokeswoman for the bar which has just published its accounts.​​​​​​

In common with many other bars, restaurants and hotels, the pub is facing the twin challenges of rising inflation and tight labour markets. 

“As with all hospitality businesses at the moment there are major challenges around operating costs, along with accommodation shortages for both tourists and staff,” the spokeswoman said.

“However we remain optimistic for the year ahead,” she added.

New accounts showed that the pub firm recorded post- tax losses of €172,182 in the 12 months to the end of June last year.

This followed a profit of €37,955 in the prior year.

Before the coronavirus pandemic hit and shuttered much of the hospitality industry from the  S pring of 2020, the business had enjoyed strong profits  of €434,020 in 2019 and €521,152 in 2018.

During the course of the pandemic, the company availed of Government supports, as did most of the industry, including €293,528 last year.

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