Kieran Wallace of KPMG has been appointed this afternoon as provisional liquidator to the Irish business division of JJB Sports, the British sports goods retailer which went into administration in the UK this morning.

JJB Sports has four retail stores and two gyms in Ireland based in Dundalk, Limerick, Blanchardstown and Liffey Valley.

The Irish business employs 102 people.

The retail stores and gyms will in the meantime remain open on a "business as usual" basis.

In a statement, the provisional liquidator said it has now moved to "sell the business and assets of JJB Sports in Ireland as a going concern".

In the UK, some 2,200 staff at JJB Sports have been made redundant after administrator KPMG closed 133 stores and sold the remaining 20 to rival Sports Direct International.

The debt-laden British retailer JJB Sports said it had agreed to sell the 20 stores for almost £24m.

Wigan-based JJB, which has been reporting losses since 2009, said administrators KPMG had agreed a deal with Sports Direct to safeguard around 550 UK jobs, but that the remaining 133 stores would be closed today.