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O'Brien teams up with pals to buy city pub

IRISH star Sean O'Brien (27) is the fourth rugby player who has lined out with three fellow internationals to tackle a new venture, the Herald can reveal.

The Carlow-born Leinster player, dubbed the 'Tullow Tank', has teamed up with brothers Rob and Dave Kearney as well as Jamie Heaslip to buy D4 haunt Bellamy's.

They have also been joined in the €1.35m deal by well-known Dublin publican Noel Anderson, who already owns the Grafton Lounge.

The pub only went up for sale in January, with an asking price of €825,000. But given its prime location and proximity to Aviva stadium, there was no shortage of interest in the property.

It has now gone 'sale agreed' for nearly €500,000 more than the original price.


In a statement, Mr Anderson confirmed that he and the four players have had their offer accepted on the on Ballsbridge Terrace pub.

"A deposit is paid and it's now going through due process," he said.

The high-profile conglomerate will be ploughing significant investment into the pub, once the deal is sealed with Morrissey's agency.

The venue is to be given a €250,000 overhaul and will eventually employ between 20 and 30 staff.

"These guys are in it for the long haul. It's a brilliant business opportunity and they're going to give it 100pc," said a source.

The venue is expected to be a mecca for rugby fans and rugger huggers alike.

Kearney is dating top model Hayley Ryan while Jamie Heaslip has been going out with Sheena O'Buachalla for the past three years.

And they're not the only rugby players to venture into the pub business.


A popular venue for the boys in green is the Bath Pub on Bath Avenue, part-owned by Brian O'Malley, brother of retired player Eoin.

In 2010, Gordon D'Arcy invested into the Exchequer bar while Jerry Flannery owns a bar in Limerick.