Friday 30 September 2016

Seven ways to get that elusive Good Friday pint

Geraldine Gittens

Published 23/03/2016 | 12:57

Two pints of beer
Two pints of beer
There are ways to procure alcohol on Good Friday in Ireland.

It’s a yearly conundrum for many. Where to get that elusive Good Friday pint?

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Those who seek shall find, and lucky for you, we’ve compiled a list of possible options:

1. Aviva Stadium, Dublin

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Ireland fans might be imbued with extra motivation to get themselves to the Aviva Stadium on Good Friday to watch Martin O'Neill's Euro 2016-bound men take on Switzerland. The Aviva bars will be open for business from 5.30pm and will be selling alcohol to the thousands in attendance.

Licensed Vintners’ Association have already called the Good Friday ban to be lifted to allow fans and tourists to use bars around town.

“Every Good Friday we have tens of thousands of tourists wandering around Dublin asking why they can’t go into a pub for a drink,” said LVA chief executive Donall O’Keefe.

“Now we are going to have up to 50,000 soccer fans facing the same problem. Not to mention the tens of thousands who will want to watch the match in their local pub.”

2. Dine out on the Grand Canal

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As a canal boat, La Peniche restaurant on the barge MV Riasc, is permitted to serve alcohol on Good Friday. The restaurant says tables book up fast on Good Friday.

3. Go Greyhound racing

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Harolds Cross greyhound track have an exemption from the Good Friday prohibition on the sale of alcohol. Full bar facilities are available, and doors open at 6.30pm. General admission is €10.

Shelbourne Park will also have full bar facilities. They will be open from 3.30pm for greyhound racing from 5pm. But they’ll also be screening the Ireland match, with a full bar, with special guest Tony Cascarino to meet and greet the fans.

4. Dine in a hotel

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Those staying in licensed premises, such as a hotel, can order a drink, as long as it is with a meal. Double check with your hotel beforehand just to be sure.

5. Go to the theatre

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People can be sold alcohol while attending a licensed theatre, the National Concert Hall or a national cultural institution, as defined in the National Cultural Institutions Act 1997.

6. Go to a pub in a train station

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For travellers who have a valid inter city train ticket, Madigans in Connolly station and the Galway Hooker in Heuston station will be selling alcohol.

7. Travel by sea or air

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Perhaps the best known of the Good Friday exemptions is the provision allowing the sale of alcohol to those travelling by sea, air or ferry. Take the ferry to Holyhead, or fly out of Dublin and you’ll be able to enjoy a drink in the airport bar.

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