Good Friday dry day: Village pubs to stick with tradition
Pubs in one village have agreed to stay closed on Good Friday for the second year to mark long-standing tradition.
The three pubs in Drumconrath, Co Meath, will remain shut again this Friday despite legislation that allowed all publicans to legally serve alcohol last year for the first time in 90 years. Local publicans Dermot Muldoon, Pauline Fay and Pat Dempsey will continue the old tradition and keep a lid on their alcohol.
"Publicans get two days off in the whole year - just two - so we decided to keep that holiday as well as keeping up the tradition and having a bit of respect for our religion," said Mr Muldoon.
"Last year we got a lot of support from our customers - the majority of whom would observe fasting on the day and stay off the drink anyway."
Mr Muldoon is planning to go to Northern Ireland with his family this weekend. "I might even have a drink up there - it's the novelty factor of having a drink on the other side of the counter on a day you normally couldn't have one," he said.
Ms Fay, of Fay's Bar, added the day enables publicans to completely switch off and spend time with family.