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The mysterious crab

The mysterious crab

The mysterious crab

COPPER Face Jacks may be closed since March - but it hasn't put off one crab from paying a visit.

This image, posted on social media, shows a giant crab attached to the sign outside the legendary nightclub.

Copper Face Jacks, on Dublin’s Harcourt Street, is probably Ireland's most iconic nightclub and is synonymous place where the likes of nurses, guards and firemen ‘click’.

The busy emporium is beloved of country folk when visiting the capital, but it’s also where former Dublin captain Bryan Cullen famously told everyone in 2011 after lifting the Sam Maguire ‘see ye in Coppers’.

In recent years it has also staged the official afterparty for the VIP Style awards, with Conor McGregor among others partying the night away there four years ago.

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Crab on sign

Crab on sign

Crab on sign

Not it appears it has a new resident holding court in the form of a giant crab, which has attached itself to the sign outside the premises.

Passers-by were stunned to see the brown crustacean clammed to the sign, and no one appears to know how it got there and experts believe that from its contour and colouring it is a real crab.

The owner of Copper Face Jacks, Laoisman Cathal Jackson, was bemused when contacted by SundayWorld.com

“This is the first I’ve heard of it,” Cathal chuckled. “It seems very strange.”

He was also dumbfounded when told of the other meaning of ‘crabs’.

“I’ve never heard of that!” Cathal, a former Garda, admitted.

The popular publican named his club after his own background in the guards and a twist on his surname.

Latest figures shows that Breanagh Catering Ltd, which operates Copper Face Jacks, recorded pre-tax profits of €4.1 million in 2017 at the Harcourt Street venue.

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Boosted by the booming night-time scene in the capital, the cash mountain at Coppers increased to €63.8 million from €59.8 million a year earlier.

Last year Cathal had initially put his premises up for sale, but then withdrew it from the market.

The property, comprising No 28-31 and No 35 Harcourt Street, is owned by Cathal and Paula Jackson, who at the time said they were going to retire from the business.

However, in a memo issued to staff last year, the pair confirmed that they would not be selling the property and they have “withdrawn the property from sale”.

“As you know, Cathal had some health issues late last year, and reluctantly made the decision to put Coppers on the market. The proposed sale was launched in March of this year and attracted strong interest. Several approaches were made.

“However, 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. 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 nightclub, popular since it first opened in 1996, has become a mainstay of the capital’s nightlife in recent years. It most recently inspired a musical written by Ross O’Carroll-Kelly author Paul Howard.

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