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Dividing screens, 'Peaky Blinders' snugs and maitre d' stations: Inside a pub ahead of August reopening

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Countdown to opening: Irena Gronowska looks out from the new partitions inside O’Gorman’s pub in Portlaoise that have been installed ahead of the reopening of the pub. PHOTO: GERRY MOONEY

Countdown to opening: Irena Gronowska looks out from the new partitions inside O’Gorman’s pub in Portlaoise that have been installed ahead of the reopening of the pub. PHOTO: GERRY MOONEY

Liam Hurley, of Team Woodcraft, which is creating partitions for pubs. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Liam Hurley, of Team Woodcraft, which is creating partitions for pubs. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Donal O’Gorman with the new partitions and revised layout inside O’Gormans pub in Portlaoise which have been installed ahead of the reopening of the pub. Picture; Gerry Mooney

Donal O’Gorman with the new partitions and revised layout inside O’Gormans pub in Portlaoise which have been installed ahead of the reopening of the pub. Picture; Gerry Mooney

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Countdown to opening: Irena Gronowska looks out from the new partitions inside O’Gorman’s pub in Portlaoise that have been installed ahead of the reopening of the pub. PHOTO: GERRY MOONEY

The future of the Irish pub has been unveiled, with historic snugs reborn, glass and timber screens, stylish new safety structures, traffic lights controlling toilet use and temperature screening on the way in.

It seems the Irish pub as we knew it has been consigned to the annals of history - at least while as Covid is a threat or perhaps longer.

The pubs that will greet us when they reopen on August 10 will be unrecognisable to the ones that had become an integral part of Irish culture.