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What happens in Coppers… Famously media-shy owner of the iconic nightclub sits down for rare interview

Everyone talks about Copper Face Jacks. Except the man who owns it. Until now. As nightclubs are back in business for the first time in 19 months, the elusive Cathal Jackson talks about building the business; succession; the illness that almost caused him to sell up, and being ‘shy’

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The main men: from left to right, night managers Robert Shevlin and Aidan McCormack, Copper Face Jacks owner Cathal Jackson, and general manager Darren Power

The main men: from left to right, night managers Robert Shevlin and Aidan McCormack, Copper Face Jacks owner Cathal Jackson, and general manager Darren Power

Scene of a thousand selfies: Coppers’ very Instagramable newly refurbished ladies’ toilets

Scene of a thousand selfies: Coppers’ very Instagramable newly refurbished ladies’ toilets

The massive queue for Copper Face Jacks on opening night. Photograph by: Conor Ó Mearáin

The massive queue for Copper Face Jacks on opening night. Photograph by: Conor Ó Mearáin

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The main men: from left to right, night managers Robert Shevlin and Aidan McCormack, Copper Face Jacks owner Cathal Jackson, and general manager Darren Power

Everyone knows Coppers. The Dublin nightclub must be one of the most successful and profitable on the planet; so well-known that, when name-checked, it rarely needs its full title, Copper Face Jacks. And Coppers gets name-checked a lot, particularly during the past 19 months when it’s been the go-to reference for discussion around the much anticipated reopening of hospitality.

I don’t think I’ll make it to Coppers any time soon,” chuckled Taoiseach Micheál Martin back in April, only to be assured by Tánaiste Leo Varadkar that, “Coppers has a large outdoor area and a nice balcony so you never know, Taoiseach, you might get there yet.”


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