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Saturday 25 February 2017

Limerick pubs to open on Good Friday

Pubs in Limerick have been granted permission to open on Good Friday to accommodate rugby fans there to watch Munster take on Leinster in the Magners League.

Up to 26,000 supporters will be in the city for the clash and a ruling by Limerick District Court means that pubs in the area will be allowed to open between 6.30pm and 11.30pm.

The ruling comes after publicans in Limerick made a landmark application for an area exemption to the ban on pubs selling alcohol on Good Friday.

Judge Tom O’Donnell noted that Thomond Park’s licence allows it to serve alcohol from when it opens its doors until the end of the game.

With that in mind he said he found it absurd that pubs in the area could not open for business as well.

Judge O'Donnell said the ruling was also being made on health and safety grounds due to the fact that 26,000 people would be filling the streets immediately after the game.

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