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'If given a chance to open we could do it. People really need rural pubs now.... the village is closed'

Publicans invest in food but fear it still won’t be enough, writes Eavan Murray

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Sound of silence: Mary Murray, whose family have owned the famous Co Galway pub Green’s since 1865, has no idea when she will reopen. Photo: Andrew Downes

Sound of silence: Mary Murray, whose family have owned the famous Co Galway pub Green’s since 1865, has no idea when she will reopen. Photo: Andrew Downes

Andrew Downes, XPOSURE

Sound of silence: Mary Murray, whose family have owned the famous Co Galway pub Green’s since 1865, has no idea when she will reopen. Photo: Andrew Downes

Desperate rural publicans are investing heavily in food services in a bid to save their businesses.

Others are facing the abyss of long-term closure, no income and possible financial ruin.

Brian Carr, who runs Sherry's pub in Clarinbridge, Co Galway, believes many rural pubs simply won't survive.