Wednesday 26 April 2017

Here’s where you can drink alcohol (or not) on Good Friday

Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

TODAY could be the last Good Friday in 90 years on which the sale of alcohol is banned in Ireland as it looks set to be lifted by a proposed new bill.

Goodbye traditional Holy Thursday offie dash and/or panicked pub session - next year it may well be business as usual.

Do you enjoy cheating the system by taking advantage of one of the loopholes?  Or do you have much (arguably) better things to do on Good Friday than get a little tipsy?

Whatever you choose (we're not judging) here are some options for the determined and the disinterested alike...

For the drinkers:

BD Festival

It’s the tenth anniversary of the Barn Dance Festival which has increased in popularity over the years with its very attractive BYOB policy (as long as it’s not contained in glass). Oh, and the musical line-up (which this year includes Nightmares on Wax and Smash Hits among others).

It takes place at Glendalough House in Wicklow on Good Friday and there are very limited tickets left via www.bdfestival.ie at €65 excl booking fee

Most of the Irish Greyhound Board stadiums are open tomorrow.  At Shelbourne Park in Dublin entry is €5 and although there’s no live racing at the stadium itself you can watch it live from Cork on big screens while you enjoy your food and demon drink.

Other tracks open tomorrow are: Clonmel, Curraheen Park, Dundalk, Galway, Kilkenny, Limerick, Longford, Newbridge, Thurles, Tralee, Youghal, and Waterford.

Stay at a hotel

Luckily for thirsty tourists who often unwittingly book their holliers in booze-loving Ireland over Good Friday, hotel residents can purchase alcohol in the residents’ bar or hotel restaurants.  Book in and join them for a session.

Bear in mind, however, that restaurants are not allowed to serve alcohol tomorrow.  One exception is La Peniche Restaurant on the Grand Canal as they’re located on a waterway.  If you think, therefore, that the MV Cill Airne down by the docks may also be an option, you’d be wrong however – they’re closed for the day.

Take a trip

Book a trip on a train (must be an intercity trip of 40km or more), plane, or ferry and you can drink to your heart’s delight.  Bear in mind, however, that at Dublin airport you must have a boarding pass to travel on April 14 and only the bars AFTER you pass through security will be serving.

Join a club

It might be a bit late in the day for this one but clubhouses are exempt from the ban (they can apply to serve alcohol for 6 hours)on the day).  Golf anyone?

Catch a play

Pop down to the Abbey Theatre to see The Train and have a quiet tipple.  The National Concert Hall is also exempt from the ban.  Check out RTE Contempo Quartet: The Seven Last Words of Christ (1.30pm) or RTE NSO Back St Mathew Passion (3.30pm).

And for the non-drinkers:
All of the above can of course be enjoyed without alcohol.

 

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