They should ban brats from pubs, not dogs
Published 31/01/2016 | 02:30
Here's my idea of the perfect pub - a good sized bar so you can read your papers in peace. An ashtray, because I still believe people should be allowed to smoke in bars. No television, except when the news is on. And, in an ideal world, a place where you can bring your dog.
The irony that you're more likely to find such an oasis of civilised tranquillity in France (hardly a country renowned for its pubs), as opposed to Ireland (a country which bases half its tourism on the quality of our pubs), would be lost on those poseurs who called for Ireland to adopt a more European 'cafe culture'.
But then, all of the finger wagging about Irish pubs tends to come from the kind of snob who thinks that old-fashioned boozers are something to be treated with scorn and derision. In other words, they view pubs with the same contempt they view the patrons - people who can't be trusted to be left alone.