Thursday 19 July 2018

Copper Face Jacks gearing up for 'one hell of a party' as it celebrates its 20th anniversary

Popular: punters queue to get into Coppers
Popular: punters queue to get into Coppers
Copper Face Jacks nightclub in Dublin

Eimear Rabbitt

From All-Ireland celebrations to hooking up at the ‘shifting wall’ – love it or hate it, Copper Face Jacks has turned 20.

A haven for late night shenanigans and a firm favourite among off-duty gardai, nurses, teachers and just about anyone, the Harcourt Street nightclub has a very colourful history.

Known for its long queues of eager clientele, tonight it will celebrate two decades of business with a no-holds-barred party – fire breathers and bagpipe players will be on the menu.

Singer Damien Dempsey will perform at a ticketed event with two places on the Coppers ski trip up for grabs, while revellers will enjoy free entry and drinks before midnight.

Copper Face Jacks nightclub in Dublin
Copper Face Jacks nightclub in Dublin

Owned by former garda Cathal Jackson, the lucrative nightclub – which enjoyed profits of nearly €5m last year – has hit the headlines over the years.

In 2008, the Dublin nightclub was at the centre of its very own ‘baby daddy’ mystery.

A woman, known as ‘Roisin’, approached radio presenter Ray D’Arcy, then with Today FM, to help find the father of her child. Ray told listeners that the woman became pregnant following a one-night stand with a man she met in Coppers in April 2007.

‘Roisin’ later appealed for the public’s help in tracing the Birmingham man when private detectives failed to find him.

18.8.11. Brian and Philippa Ormond Pictured at the Copper Face Jacks Summer Party and 15th Birthday. Photo by Richie Stokes
18.8.11. Brian and Philippa Ormond Pictured at the Copper Face Jacks Summer Party and 15th Birthday. Photo by Richie Stokes

Following a week of searching, a man contacted the show to say he might be the father of the baby girl.

It was not the only baby mystery that the famous haunt lays claim to – in 2015, a woman contacted Ryan Tubridy’s radio show seeking help to find the father of her child after meeting him in Coppers 12 years previously.

However, it’s not only the prospect of finding a handsome country man or woman that attracts people to Coppers. 

With strong ties to our GAA culture, the nightclub has played host to many sporting teams over the years and a host of Dublin stars, including Bernard Brogan, are among the VIP regulars. 

In 2011, then Dublin captain Bryan Cullen caused a frenzy at the club when he famously proclaimed “see yiz in Coppers!” following the team’s All-Ireland win over Kerry.

The ultimate seal of approval came when the VIP Style Awards moved its after-party to the haunt, snubbing a host of celebrity venues so the likes of Kathryn Thomas and Rosanna Davison could let their hair down on Harcourt Street.

The nightclub operates seven nights a week and has six bars, two covered beer gardens and a premium level that boasts a private room.

Coppers’ marketing manager Carl Andreucetti told the Herald that this evening’s celebrations will be a “big night” for the club.

It will kick off with a live Newstalk ‘Off the Ball’ broadcast from the venue at 7pm.

“Not many clubs get to 20 years so it’s a testament to everyone here,” Mr Andreucetti said.


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