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Friday 22 September 2017

Armed pair snatch €2,500 in raid on popular sports bar

Bar 51 is a favourite with fans. Photo: Damien Eagers
Bar 51 is a favourite with fans. Photo: Damien Eagers

Two armed raiders vaulted a 7ft security screen before robbing a popular Ballsbridge pub while threatening bar staff.

The incident happened at Bar 51 on the city's Haddington Road in the early hours of yesterday.

It is understood that the hooded attackers used cable ties during the raid which happened at around 1am.

The pub is always packed with football and rugby fans before and after matches at the nearby Aviva Stadium.

Gardai are examining "good quality" CCTV footage that captured the raid in full. The matter is being investigated by officers based in Donnybrook.

Threatened

"It was around 1am and there were a couple of customers just finishing up," said manager PJ Kelly.

"The security door out at the street was locked but these two somehow got over it and then ran into the pub through the front door. One of them jumped over the counter and the other ran around it.

"They had hoods and scarves covering their faces and were armed with what looked like a gun and a knife.

"They threatened the staff and demanded the barman open the safe and then they took what was in it.

"There was no point in the barman being a hero.

"They were here for around two or three minutes and then they were gone."

A staff member managed to break free and raise the alarm.

No one was harmed in the raid and the robbers escaped with around €2,500.

The two bar staff who were tied up are men aged 41 and 39 from Dublin.

"The gardai have been here and they have wiped the place down for fingerprints and they have the CCTV, so we hope something will come of that," said Mr Kelly.

Bar 51, which was established in 1843, is one of the most popular sports pubs in Dublin 4.

The premises were the target of another raid around two years ago. On that occasion more than €1,000 was stolen.

The latest raid comes three weeks after Smyth's bar on Haddington Road was also targeted in a similar raid.

No arrests have yet been made.

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