Rugby stars ready to pull pints at new city bar
Four of Ireland's best known rugby stars are making the most of their time off the pitch.
Brothers Rob and Dave Kearney, and Sean O'Brien and Jamie Heaslip last night officially opened their second business venture off Grafton Street.
The Leinster and Ireland stars were even expected to pull the first pints in their venue.
The gastro pub, dubbed Lemon & Duke, comes hot on the heels of the success of the group's Ballsbridge bar - The Bridge 1859.
Lemon & Duke is the latest addition to Dublin's already competitive bar scene.
Located at the junction between Lemon Street and Duke Lane Upper, the new venue is expected to draw a massive crowd.
The latest pub on the south side is the brainchild of the four players and their business partner, Noel Anderson.
Speaking ahead of the grand opening, Mr Anderson said the team were "very excited" to get started with their new project.
"It's been an extremely busy summer working on this project and the extension of The Bridge 1859," he said.
"I'm really looking forward to working with the four guys to replicate the success of our venture in Ballsbridge."
It comes at a busy time for Jamie Heaslip, who recently married his long-term partner in a city centre ceremony.
Ireland's No. 8 tied the knot with his girlfriend, Sheena O'Buachalla, at the Newman University Church on St Stephen's Green.
The team have already been hard at work overseeing the extension of The Bridge 1859.
Lemon & Duke is open every day from 10am, and serves lunch and dinner until 10pm.
As of last summer, there were 751 pubs open in Dublin, meaning there was one pub for every 1,695 people living in the city and suburbs.
It also meant that Dublin had over 10pc of the pubs in Ireland, in spite of being home to just 27pc of the population.
Earlier this year, the Vintners Federation of Ireland (VFI) estimated that Irish pubs would create 17,000 additional jobs in the summer months.