Rugby lads line out to unveil new pub
THESE Ireland rugby stars are preparing for the scrum of punters at their new D4 pub this season.
Brothers Rob and Dave Kearney, Sean O'Brien and Jamie Heaslip joined forces earlier this year along with The Grafton Lounge's Noel Anderson to buy Ballsbridge watering hole Bellamy's.
The Leinster and Ireland team mates took over the popular rugby haunt earlier this year and have been busy with a major overhaul.
They are getting ready to throw open the doors of the pub, renamed The Bridge 1859 at the end of the month.
The venue, located close to both the Aviva and the RDS stadiums, has been completely redesigned and will be serving food and drink all day.
The sporting stars decided to give a nod to the past when it came to picking a name for their new venture.
"For all of us it was important to get a name that paid homage to the history of the building and the area," said British and Irish Lion Heaslip.
"We feel that The Bridge 1859 captures both - we're located in Ballsbridge, and the building was first used as a pub in 1859.
"We also wanted a name that was easy to roll off the tongue standing in the RDS or the Aviva - 'let's go to The Bridge for one'."
Renovations have been going on all summer in order to be ready for the rugby season and Dundalk native Rob Kearney insisted they are "thrilled" with progress.
"People are going to be really surprised at how the place has been transformed," said the 28-year-old.
For Tullow Tank Sean O'Brien, owning a pub is a dream come true.
"I've always been interested in owning a pub and now that is has become a reality, I can't wait to get behind the bar and pull a few pints," he said.