ONE of the country's best-known publicans, Charlie Chawke, said yesterday that Leinster's winning run in the Heineken Cup last year helped his pub group achieve pre-tax profits of over €2m in 2012.
Mr Chawke confirmed that his ten pubs recorded a combined turnover of over €20m last year and said that Leinster's winning Heineken Cup run "was great for business".
Mr Chawke was commenting on accounts filed by three of his companies, with two showing an increase in accumulated profits and one showing a decrease.
Accounts filed by Chawke's Milltown Inns Ltd, that operates the Dropping Well pub, show that profits increased by €122,730 from €2.43m to €2.56m, with accounts for College Inn Ltd, that operates the Bank pub on College Green, increasing from by €68,177 from €191,548 to €259,725.
Separate accounts for Alazwar Ltd, that operates the Oval bar, show a decline in accumulated profits by €36,084 from €701,184 to €665,100.
Along with his Dublin pubs, Mr Chawke operates two pubs in his native Limerick.
Mr Chawke said that the numbers coming to his pubs to watch Premier League soccer has dropped off and that the Heineken Cup is now the main draw for sports fans.
He said: "Our bars are sporting emporiums. Monday night or mid-week soccer would have been very busy with soccer four or five years ago, but that business has dropped back."
Mr Chawke said that the Euro 2012 championship was bad for business.
He said: "Ireland finished last, the performances were poor and that showed in our turnover as people didn't come out to watch the games."
Mr Chawke – who lost a leg during an armed robbery at the Goat Grill in 2003 – said that he was happy with how his pub business performed.
He said: "The success is down to the hard work of our staff and to our customers' loyalty. We are not making any great money but we are making enough to pay the staff, bank and the revenue."