Raising a glass on Good Friday
Sir - Pubs will open again on Good Friday after a 90-year-old ban on the sale of alcohol on that day was lifted. Removal of the ban was inevitable in an increasingly secular Ireland where Good Friday is a normal working day and where religious practice is now based on conviction rather than obligation.
My paternal grandfather was a publican and staunch Catholic.
At a time when business ground to a halt on Good Friday he provided a "holy hour" from 4.30pm to 7pm where regular customers were kept sweet and deterred from taking their custom elsewhere. As his brother-in-law was a Dominican priest, grandfather encouraged his regular customers to attend the Passion Ceremonies at 3pm or the Stations of the Cross at 7.30pm in the local Dominican church, with which our family has a strong affinity.