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Richard Grainger delivers pints of Guinness to customer Billy Scully (Niall Carson/PA)

Richard Grainger delivers pints of Guinness to customer Billy Scully (Niall Carson/PA)

Richard Grainger delivers pints of Guinness to customer Billy Scully (Niall Carson/PA)

A Dublin publican is helping his customers get through the coronavirus lockdown by delivering freshly poured pints and cocktails to their door.

Richard Grainger, who owns family-run Graingers Hanlons Corner, is delivering customers' favourite tipples to their homes.

Mr Grainger, who was forced to shut the doors to his pub a few days before St Patrick's Day, said he had been inundated with orders for the dial-a-pint service.

The idea for the doorstep service emerged as staff said goodbye to their customers in March.

"They all said they were going to miss their pints and some asked me if I could bring a pint over to them," he said.

"I started bringing a few pints to them and then it snowballed from there.

"The customers ring the off licence and give their address and phone number and how many pints they want.

"The pints go into a container and we put tops on them so they are sealed, then we put them into the back of the car and bring it to their house.

"We don't go very far. We only go around the 2km radius.

"We've been hounded with calls but we want to keep it limited. We like to keep it small."

The service runs from 10am until 10pm all week.

Mr Grainger has received orders from people living in America, Australia, Dubai and Turkey who have family living near the pub and want to send a beverage home.

"Times are hard so when people get the drink they really appreciate it," he said.

"We also do a food service and on a Sunday people order a roast beef and a pint.

"We look after people who are cocooning and can't get out of their house.

"Some of them have been drinking from the age of 17 and are used to having a pint every day."

PA Media