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Wednesday 24 January 2018

Thirsty supporters can reel in half-time drink

Linda McGrory and Luke Byrne

FISHY rugby fans will try to hook a sneaky drink in pubs tomorrow morning with an all-day liquor licence.

A pub with an early licence can serve alcohol from 7am. The rugby match between Ireland and Wales starts at 6am, so fans will be able to get a drink around half-time.

The early houses are traditionally linked to fishing and almost all are located close to a dock.

There are around 40 such pubs in the country.

Kealey's in the fishing village of Greencastle, Co Donegal, has the special licence and long-time landlady, Margaret Kealey, said it would certainly cover rugby fans.

"We won't refuse a drink to anybody on Saturday morning -- as long as they are fishermen coming in from the sea who also want to watch the rugby," she quipped.

Dublin's early houses, which were originally for dockers, will also benefit.

Slattery's, on Dublin's Capel Street, will be open for business and have said that people will be able to have a drink.

In Cork, the Welcome Inn on Parnell Place will also be putting on a spread for the game.

Traditionally, the fisherman's liquor licence covered 23 hours a day, with one sanitation hour.

Fisherman's liquor licences granted to pubs recently cover the 18-hour period from 7am until 1am.

Irish Independent

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