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John Boland's week in TV: Pub prospects may be a downer, but The Eddy jazz club is a great hang-out


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All that jazz: Amandla Stenberg and André Holland in The Eddy

All that jazz: Amandla Stenberg and André Holland in The Eddy

All that jazz: Amandla Stenberg and André Holland in The Eddy

On Claire Byrne Live (RTÉ1), journalist Billy Keane was serving drinks in the Fair City bar in order to show what life in pubs might be like when they're allowed to reopen in August. It was all very depressing.

I love pubs and, down through the years, I've spent many happy hours inside their doors, including Billy's own most convivial of premises in Listowel. Conviviality was entirely absent in the Fair City bar as Liveline presenter Joe Duffy nursed a pint at one end of a banquette, weather woman Nuala Carey sipped her tipple the requisite distance from him and Billy hovered behind the counter.

"This is worse than I thought it would be," Joe declared in dismay. "You can't really have a conversation unless you bellow". And what would they do if two of them needed to use the loo at the same time - all that passing on the stairs, for starters?