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Thursday 21 November 2019

Coppers taken off the market as club owner Cathal back to health

Copper Face Jacks nightclub in Harcourt Street, Dublin
Copper Face Jacks nightclub in Harcourt Street, Dublin

Iconic Dublin nightclub Copper Face Jacks has been taken off the market.

The nightclub and the Jackson Court Hotel were put up for sale in March when the owner Cathal Jackson had some health concerns.

However, it has been confirmed that the property has been formally withdrawn from sale.

It was believed that the combined property could fetch more than €40m and that several approaches were made.

"We are very pleased to confirm that, as Cathal has now recovered his health completely, he has decided to stay actively involved in the business," a memo sent to staff on Wednesday said.

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"As a result, he has now formally withdrawn the property from sale.

"Cathal and Paula would like to express their heartfelt thanks to all their staff for their support during this time."

The memo also stated that the decision to put the nightclub for sale was made "reluctantly".

Dermot Curtin of DC Curtin and Associates, who was managing the sale, confirmed to the Herald that the property has been pulled from the market.

Copper Face Jacks declined to comment further at the time of publication.

Speaking earlier this year, Mr Jackson reflected on his time with the nightclub when he initially put the property up for sale.

"Over the past 23 years I have been totally committed to setting up and establishing Copper Face Jacks as one of the most enduring and successful entertainment venues in Ireland," Mr Jackson said.

"It is now time to hand over the reins to new owners who have the energy and the expertise to take Coppers to the next level."

Coppers is probably the country's best known nightclub and has been a rite of passage for young revellers for decades.

Ross O'Carroll Kelly creator Paul Howard wrote a musical about the nightclub, which ran for two summers in The Olympia Theatre in Dublin.

The musical is now going on tour all over the country, to other venues in Dublin, Cork and Galway.

"We're going to do Dublin, Limerick and Cork which is just great because it's one of those shows I think everyone needs to see," said Fair City star Johnny Ward last month, who plays Gino Wildes in the musical.

Gino is a GAA star who was a ladies man until he falls in love with a girl from the country.

The club is also associated with the famous "See yiz all in Coppers" phrase, which originated in 2011 by Dublin's All-Ireland football winning captain Bryan Cullen.

Cullen told the Croke Park crowd he would see them at the club after claiming the coveted All-Ireland title, Dublin's first win since 1995.

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