Ben Dunne Gym in Lucan closes its doors
The Ben Dunne Gym in Lucan closed its doors

Ben Dunne Gym in Lucan closes its doors

THE Lucan Ben Dunne Gym was one of six fitness premises that has been permanently shut by the businessman, citing the impact of Covid.

Mr Dunne closed half of his gyms after revenue dropped by less than 50 per cent.

Prior to Covid, there were 12 Ben Dunne Gyms.

Along with the Lucan gym in Ballyowen, Mr Dunne also closed Jervis Street, Beacon, Sandyford, Navan and Waterford

Mr Dunne said that the business was heading towards €13m in revenues pre-Covid but “in the current year we are heading towards €6m”.

He said: “I have lost an awful lot of money but we have swung away from that situation and we are making a profit again.”

New accounts lodged by Mr Dunne’s Barkisland Developments Ltd, show that revenues plunged by 91 per cent, or €5.17m from €5.66m to €494,840, in the 12 months to the end of May last.

Barkisland, which accounts for a number of gyms in the group, recorded a pre-tax loss of €1.55m and this followed a pre-tax profit of €1.2m in the prior year.

The accounts state that Ben Dunne gyms were closed most of the period from March 2020 to June 2021 and since reopening in June 2021 “are trading strongly”.

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