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Nightlife isn’t just about pubs and clubs – retail, arts and culture can reap the rewards of late opening too

Lorraine Courtney


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Once the evening arrives shops are shuttered on Dublin's Grafton Street. Photo: Leon Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Once the evening arrives shops are shuttered on Dublin's Grafton Street. Photo: Leon Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Once the evening arrives shops are shuttered on Dublin's Grafton Street. Photo: Leon Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Rod Stewart once said something along the lines of, “I went to New Zealand – it was closed.” Rod was joking. But there’s a serious point in there: a truly great city, or indeed town, never sleeps. Every vibrant city has a bustling nightlife.

If we don’t want to send out the message to the world, “Ireland isn’t closed, but it’s sitting on the settee watching telly”, then something needs to change.


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