Above, from left: Jamie Heaslip; Sean O’Brien, Dave Kearney and Rob Kearney
Lemon & Duke
Formerly The Grafton Lounge and, during the boom, Cocoon, petrolhead playboy Eddie “The Swerve’ Irvine’s personal fleshpot.
Lemon Street and Duke Lane Upper, Dublin 2
Lemon & Duke. Dublin’s newest bar opens today. Good food, tank beer, a unique draught range and a stylish but welcoming vibe, the all new Lemon & Duke is the latest venture by former rugby pros Rob and Dave Kearney, Sean O’Brien and Jamie Heaslip with business partner Noel Anderson, follows their recently extended Ballsbridge [Dublin 4] bar The Bridge 1859.
Five new Irish caps, all fine, young, inordinately hairy men, They heaved against the veterns de rugby francais and gritted it out for an historic and most unlikely victory (France 9 Ireland 14).
Paul McWeeney writing in the following Monday’s Irish Times said:
It was a sobering thought before the match, when asked if I had ever seen Ireland win at Colombes, to realise that, in fact, only myself and one or two other of my British press colleagues had ever had the pleasure, nor was I all that optimistic that I would ever see it again.