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'It's hard being closed, but it's for best - we're alive and well'


Pat Collins of Tully’s Bar in Kinvara, Co Galway

Pat Collins of Tully’s Bar in Kinvara, Co Galway

Pat Collins of Tully’s Bar in Kinvara, Co Galway

As pubs face yet another wait to reopen, there are mixed feelings among publicans.

Pat Collins, the owner of Tully's bar in Kinvara, Co Galway, has resigned himself to the reality of his business's ongoing closure.

"I don't complain. I appreciate we have a government and Nphet who are acting in all our interests," he said.

"I seem to have an alter- native view, but I think it's a legitimate view that we should all comply with the recommendations, and that's what we're doing.

"We were hoping to open, and we were very disappointed, naturally, the last two times that we couldn't.

"I was particularly disappointed because I miss our customers and the craic and the work very much.


"My son and his wife and I run the pub together, which has been very good to us.

"I've been in the pub business 20 years, and prior to that I had a different existence entirely - I spent 31 years in the guards.

"We're part of the community here in Kinvara, and we live only 200 yards from the pub.

"The parish, the town and the people have been particularly good to me, and I miss them greatly.

"I've had to busy myself doing DIY and bits of carpentry. I hate being idle.

"During the lockdown, my son and I built an open-air pavilion outside in readiness to give us more space and do the social distancing properly.

"I'm not complaining, though - we're thankful we're alive and well.

"When it does open, we'll be delighted to serve our customers and have the fun and the craic with them.

"My view is that these people are acting in our interests and they want us to survive and be alive.

"If a day came soon and I wasn't able to work because I contracted Covid, I would have something to complain about then.

"If I'm honest, I know they're not going to say we can reopen because the figures are not good.

"If you look at some of the scenes recently, you can see why pubs are not allowed to open.

"When it's all clear to reopen, we can all go out and enjoy it."