Raise a glass to new Good Friday drinking era
I'm sitting in The Swan, a fine Victorian pub in Aungier Street, Dublin, having a usual Friday evening pint. But this Friday, it just doesn't quite seem the same.
It is, of course, Good Friday and the first time I could sit in such an establishment savouring a sip of a legally purchased pint.
As if on cue, 'regulars', the historian Diarmaid Ferriter and Catriona Crowe of the National Archive, arrive and I learn that the 'dry' Good Friday was introduced in 1927 by the then Minister for Justice Kevin O'Higgins, because the Catholic Church thought we were drinking too much.