Foot­notes

The Irish Times - Business - - CAVEAT -

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.

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