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Hit writer to unveil Coppers musical

IT'S known to a legion of revellers simply as Coppers and has become a favourite haunt for Dublin footballers and their fans.

But now the story of Copper Face Jacks could go international.

Paul Howard (below), the man who created Ross O'Carroll-Kelly, is determined to create a new show based on the goings-on at the Harcourt Street nightspot. While he is writing a script, also on board is showbiz producer Darren Smith, who is understood to have completed a first draft of Coppers: The Musical.

"It's West Side Story – but with the Culchies versus the Dubs on the eve of an All-Ireland Final,'' he said.

And Darren has a strong pedigree for coming up with hit shows.

He is responsible for the hugely popular Anglo: The Musical and the RTE programme Anonymous.


He is convinced the writer who came up with the Ross O'Carroll-Kelly character is just the man to work on the Coppers project.

"I regard Paul as a genius in bringing out the comedy in the urban-rural divide," he said. But now the hunt is on for some money men to back the idea which if successful could make it big abroad.

In the meantime, the club may be slagged off as a mecca for GAA types and country folk – but for the owners the money just keeps rolling in.

Coppers netted almost €7m in pre-tax profits last year.