AT LEAST five Carlow pubs have closed in the past two weeks, due to lack of business, according to the local vintners.
'It has been kick after kick in the teeth from the government and it is not just pubs, shops everywhere are closing down,' said Gerry Mellet of Carlow Vitners Association and owner of the Ardattin Inn.
The Walker family has run McSiúl's pub on Centaur Street for the past 25 years and they served their last pint two weeks ago.
'We just had to make the decision, it wasn't working and it wasn't paying,' said Bernie Walker. 'Our hearts are broken but we just couldn't go on.
Jim Finlan of Finaln's Bridge House in Tullow had to close his doors as he deals with financial problems and tries to get his licensing and back-tax up-to-date.
'Business is just brutal at the minute,' he said. ' There are a number of factors why I had to close but I am trying to resolve my problems and hope to be open again shortly. November is normally a very quiet month, people stay away with Christmas around the corner.
'If people think this recession is nearly over, well there isn't a hope in hell, it is only getting worse. People just don't have money and they are afraid of what is coming in the Budget,' said Mr. Mellet after calling the Joe Duffy Show to protest at the demise in the pub trade.
The Border Inn in Palatine is another pub that closed recently along with Saints and Sinners on Tullow Street.