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'I've apologised, but we had no idea what was coming' - Johnny Ronan on Bewleys, coronavirus and that viral video

Developer Johnny Ronan hit the headlines last week - and they weren't flattering. He talks exclusively to Liam Collins

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Bewleys Cafe on Grafton  Street, Dublin, which is to close.

Bewleys Cafe on Grafton Street, Dublin, which is to close.

Partying in South Africa and joking about coronavirus in late February

Partying in South Africa and joking about coronavirus in late February

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Johnny Ronan

Those acquainted with a crisis will tell you it is a series of unfortunate events rather than a single 'trigger' that can turn it into a disaster.

Developer Johnny Ronan knows that feeling after a video of him joke-coughing and spluttering around a sign for Corona beer went viral last week, followed almost immediately by the announcement that the much-loved Bewley's Oriental Cafe in Grafton Street, Dublin, is to close, in part because its owners believe the rent they pay him is unsustainable.


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