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Saturday 20 October 2018

Revealed: The country's favourite night in the pub over Christmas

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Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

Christmas Eve is the most popular night over the festive period to visit the pub.

More than 73pc of Irish people will visit the pub this Christmas, according to an online poll conducted by the Vintners' Federation of Ireland (VFI).

And the majority selected Christmas Eve as their favourite night out over the festive period.

The poll, of more than 6,000 Irish Twitter users, listed Christmas Eve, with 45pc of the vote, as the most popular time to visit the pub, with St Stephen's Day (43pc) our second favourite night out.

"As our poll highlights, visiting the local pub to meet family and friends is an essential part of Christmas. Socialising in the warm, convivial and safe atmosphere offered by your local publican is a great way to spend some time during the festive period," said VFI chief executive Padraig Cribben.

During 2017, the VFI sponsored Roddy Doyle's play 'Two Pints', as it performed in pubs throughout Ireland. The play highlighted the importance of the pub as a place to meet and talk in the local community.

"Now more than ever, local communities rely on the pub as a place to gather together. As post offices and banks close more branches, the pub acts as a vital 'third space' away from home and work to meet and talk," added Mr Cribben.

Irish Independent

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