Four Irish international rugby players have combined forces to launch a new business venture in he hospitality sector.
Only days after the glory of their Six Nations Title clinching victory in Paris, it has been announced that the Kearney brothers Rob and Dave along with their Leinster and Ireland team-mates, Jamie Heaslip and Sean O'Brien, have decided, in partnership with Dublin publican Noel Anderson, to purchase Bellamy's bar in Ballsbridge for a reported price of €1.35 million.
The pub went up for sale in January, with an asking price of €825,000. The Herald newspaper that the pub attracted a lot of interested from potential buyers, because of its proximity to the Aviva Stadium.
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In a statement to the paper, 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.
It's becoming quite a trend for international rugby players to look to the pub industry when thinking of a life after they hang up their boots.
One Limerick's most popular pre-match drinking holes, Clohessy's Bar & SinBin Nightclub, is owned by former Munster legend Peter Clohessy. Clohessy, who was capped 54 times for Ireland, also opened a pub and restaurant in Murroe, East Limerick called Crokers.
In 2010, Gordon D'Arcy invested into the Exchequer bar while Jerry Flannery owns a bar in Limerick.
Following retirement from professional rugby in 2007, two time Heineken Cup winner Trevor Brennan opened up the popular De Danu Irish pub in Toulouse, France.