Accounts recently filed for the two biggest Dublin football rivals, Shamrock Rovers and Bohemians, show that nobody is getting rich in the Irish domestic game.
Rovers may be sitting a few places ahead of Bohs in the league table, but their bitter rivals stoutly outperformed them in the financial stakes last year, the two sets of accounts show.
Shamrock Rovers FC Limited recorded a loss in the year to the end of lastNovemberof €288,000.
After several difficult years, B ohs, meanwhile, returned a surplus of €54,000.Bohemians reduced its balance sheet deficit to €309,000, while Rovers extended its black hole to€1.18million.
Rovers did spend about €400,000 on its academy, which perhaps shows it has an eye on the future.
The accountants at both clubs, meanwhile, appear to have an eye on everything else. US domestic goddess Martha Stewart was among the speakers this week at the Bank of America-backed Global Forum for women business leaders, which was held in the Shelbourne hotel in Dublin.
She found time, however, to amble her way over to Exchequer Street, where she popped in to the Sprout & Co cafe, part of a growing chain founded by Jack Kirwan.
He is a cousin of the Pratt family behind Avoca Handweavers including director, Simon Pratt, who is also an investor in the Sprout business.
Stewart was apparently so impressed with Sprout’s high-end salad concept, she walked around taking pictures of it with her mobile phone.
Just wait until she gets back to the US and tells all her friends that it’s true: Ireland really is full of greenery.
Martha Stewart in Sprout & Co on Exchequer Street taking pictures with her mobile phone.