Public in favour of pub opening on Good Friday

Castleisland’s Tom Reidy says that he is happy that pubs are now opening on Good Friday because he believes that people should have the option to go to the pub if they want. All photos by Fergus Dennehy
Castleisland’s Tom Reidy says that he is happy that pubs are now opening on Good Friday because he believes that people should have the option to go to the pub if they want. All photos by Fergus Dennehy
Tralee’s George Dineen says that he is not against the pubs opening and that people should have the choice to go to the pub on the day or not, but that he thinks the day itself will be a quiet one
Seán O’Connell says, as a Catholic country, the bars should have stayed shut
Maura O’Leary says that she has no problem with the bars opening
Giles McCool thinks the ban should have been lifted years ago
Paddy Fitzmaurice says that he is absolutely fine with the pubs opening
“There’s only two days of the year that pubs are closed. We are supposed to be a Catholic country so I think we should have left them [the pubs] closed. The fact that they are open this year though, I feel that people might go a little mad for it the first year, just because of the fact that it’s new.” - Claire O’ Connor

Fergus Dennehy and Eve Dowling

There were objectors but the majority of people surveyed on the streets of Tralee have said that they largely are in favour of pubs being allowed to open on Good Friday.

The ban, which has been in place since 1927, was lifted last week and so The Kerryman took to the streets on Tuesday morning to find out exactly what people think about the news.

Speaking to over 25 people, the majority said that, as a modern country, people should have the choice as to whether they want to go to the pub or not.

"It [the lifting of the ban] has been a long time coming. It should have happened years ago if you ask me. It's just going to end up becoming like every other Friday really," said local man Giles McCool, speaking on The Mall on Tuesday.

Another local woman, Maura O'Leary, was in agreement with Giles and said that having the pubs closed in recent years has not stopped people drinking on the day.

"I have no problem whatsoever with the pubs opening," she said. "People are buying the alcohol anyway the day before. They are loading themselves up with crates of it and they are spending the next day drinking it all.

"The pubs being closed hasn't stopped anything," she added.

Tom Reidy was of a similar opinion, adding that having the pubs closed on Good Friday has impacted on our tourist trade.

"They [the pubs] should be open for the simple fact that we have tourists coming over here every year around Easter that we are losing money on," he said.

"An individual should be able to decide for themselves if they want to go to the bar or not on the day. If someone doesn't want to drink on the day for any particular reason, they don't have to go to the pub, it's that simple," he finished.

On the other side of the argument though, a small number of those surveyed argued that the pubs should have been kept closed, citing religious reasons, including local man Seán O'Connell

"Ireland is seen as a largely Catholic country and we are suposedly meant to be practising Catholics. I think that we should have kept them closed," Seán argued.

Kerryman

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