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Rugby players Sean O'Brien, Jamie Heaslip, Rob Kearney and Dave Kearney.
Photo Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Rugby players Sean O'Brien, Jamie Heaslip, Rob Kearney and Dave Kearney. Photo Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

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Rugby players Sean O'Brien, Jamie Heaslip, Rob Kearney and Dave Kearney. Photo Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

PICTURES of the four Leinster stars adorn the walls of their much-anticipated water hole that has opened its doors in the rugby heartland of Ballsbridge.

The Bridge 1859 bar, a stone's throw from Leinster rugby's HQ at the RDS - and the Irish team's Lansdowne Road home - is co-owned by Jamie Heaslip, Sean O'Brien and Dave and Rob Kearney. They undertook the renovation of the former Bellamy's pub with Grafton Lounge owner Noel Anderson.

"We're absolutely delighted," said Noel, as he revealed they opted for photographs of the rugby players as children rather than signed jerseys. "Naturally there's some stress with opening night, but once you're open that's it. We had a soft opening on Wednesday night for friends and family which went really well.

"It was meant to be a small crowd but there were about 250 people packed in, but it was a brilliant night."

Irish Independent