Sports Direct have bought the former Boyers building just off Dublin’s O’Connell Street. The building on North Earl Street had been home to Boyers for the past 110 years, closing earlier this year. Sports Direct is owned by UK billionaire Retailer Mike Ashley, who recently bought a remainder of shares to outright own the Heaton’s Stores across Ireland. Ashley also owns Newcastle United FC.

It is believed Sports Direct paid within the region of €12 million for the property, which also attracted the interest of German discount retailers Lidl and Aldi. DTZ Sherry FitzGerald handled the sale of the premise at 19-22 North Earl Street, Dublin 1.