Sunday 28 May 2017

No bar on hot tea and biscuits at the Palace

Ciara McEntee, from Dundrum, and friend Esther Canham, from London, enjoy tea in the Palace. Photo: Damien Eagers
Ciara McEntee, from Dundrum, and friend Esther Canham, from London, enjoy tea in the Palace. Photo: Damien Eagers

David Kearns

A frustrated publican threw open the doors of his bar on Good Friday - but kept the bar dry.

Instead of pouring shorts and stout, Willie Ahern, owner of the Palace Bar in Dublin, served up purple Snack bars, red lemonade, "hang sangwiches and lashings of hot Barry's Tea". Mr Ahern decided to stay open to highlight how "farcical" he believes the drinking ban is.

"People are adults, they can decide themselves if they want a drink. It's utterly ridiculous given that it is a bank holiday weekend," he said.

He was pleased to see several tourists visiting Dublin for the centenary celebrations stop by for a non-alcoholic drink. Esther Canham (26) from London enjoyed a pot of tea but admitted that the ban left her "a little stuck for things to do".

Irish Independent

Promoted articles

Editor's Choice

Also in Irish News