Tuesday 23 October 2018

Raise a glass to new Good Friday drinking era

Slainte: Roving reporter Liam Collins enjoys a pint of Guinness in The Swan, on Aungier Street, Dublin, on Good Friday. Photo: David Conachy
Slainte: Roving reporter Liam Collins enjoys a pint of Guinness in The Swan, on Aungier Street, Dublin, on Good Friday. Photo: David Conachy
Liam Collins

Liam Collins

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.

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