Sunday 18 November 2018

Watch: Coppers Face Jackets - nightclub donates lost coats to homeless

Dublin's biggest club donates coats to charity after six weeks

Jason Kennedy and Donal Corkery

Did you ever leave a jacket in Coppers after a night out? Chances are it's in this heap.

The famous Harcourt Street nightspot is currently inundated with jackets and coats that forgetful punters accidentally abandoned.

"On one of our busiest nights during the week, you could expect something like four or five full bags of jackets left behind. We are kept so busy with our lost and found that it’s pretty much a full time service, between messages, emails and collection times," said Copper Face Jacks spokesman Rory Traynor.

"I’d say we would have probably two or three hundred built up over the space of a year. "

The jackets that don't get reclaimed are put to good use. The club donates the clothes to multiple charities once an owner doesn't come forward within six weeks.

"I’d say around 90pc of people who leave behind their jackets, will call and collect their jacket at the instructed times, without any issues. In some cases, people may have been in Ireland for a weekend and travelled back home without even realising they’ve left it behind. It’s nice for people to think that the coat they lost or forgotten may just keep someone warm this winter.

Copper Face Jacks on Dublin’s Harcourt Street
Copper Face Jacks on Dublin’s Harcourt Street

"We give customers up to six weeks to claim their items before we move them to charity organisations, who needless to say are delighted with the contribution," Rory told

"Instead of donating to just one charity, we try our best to share them out to various charities and homeless foundations. With the cold spell we are facing in the coming weeks we will be sending a lot of the jackets to the homeless. We’re aware that homelessness is an ongoing problem in the city, so we’re glad to be doing our bit."

Other items like passports and driving licences are common items that are left behind but they are usually collected the next day after being lost, but the club have quite a huge collection of bank cards left behind to add to their mountain of coats.

"We could have nearly a full box of bank cards at this stage in the year."

Last year it was revealed that the club had turned its cash mountain into a whopping €54.8m.

Accounts for the company that operates the venue revealed that its pre-tax profits last year totalled €5 million - or €97,657 per week.

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