Businessmen Frank and Michael Quinn are seeking planning permission for a €10 million, five-storey mixed-use development off Baggot Street in Dublin.
The brothers own Toner’s Pub on Baggot Street, the 51 on Haddington Road, the Waterloo on Upper Baggot Street and the Lansdowne Hotel on Pembroke Road. They have concentrated their multimillion euro business empire around that area, but also built the Cavan Crystal hotel in Cavan.
‘‘We have had the building for some time, but it has been derelict. We were going to expand Toners pub, as the building is at the back, but we decided against that,” said Frank Quinn.
Quinn said business was slow for publicans throughout the country, particularly those in rural locations. Midweek business had taken the biggest hit, he said.
Quinn, a GAA enthusiast, said their biggest success of 2008 had been their sponsorship of the Tyrone county team. The Quinns own Rocwell Irish Natural Mineral Water, based in Pomeroy, Co Tyrone, which is the team’s main sponsor.
As well as sponsoring the senior football team, which take on Kerry in Croke Park today, they also sponsor the county’s minor and under-21 football teams and the senior and minor hurling teams.
‘‘Tyrone is one of the best teams in the country. Every time I open a paper at the moment, I see a Tyrone player wearing the Rocwell jersey.
‘‘We have another two years left on the sponsorship. Some day we’d love to be one of the main sponsors of Croke Park, but that really is for the big boys. We are planning to put a great deal of effort into Rocwell, so we’ll see,” he said.
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