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'Publicans are treated like second-class citizens' - could Covid-19 kill the rural pub?

Viewed as vital to the fabric of their communities, there is fear many of these Irish institutions could be lost, reports Alan O'Keeffe

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Pat McGrath of McGrath’s Bar in Kilfinane, Co Limerick. Photo: Don Moloney

Pat McGrath of McGrath’s Bar in Kilfinane, Co Limerick. Photo: Don Moloney

Pat McGrath of McGrath’s Bar in Kilfinane, Co Limerick. Photo: Don Moloney

Fear and uncertainty haunt thousands of unopened pubs across the country following the Government's decision to postpone the reopening of pubs under Phase 4 from July 20 to August 10.

In many pubs in rural areas, those in the smaller towns and villages where it is not viable to offer full meals, there are grave concerns for the future.


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