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Closed: Christy and Mary Ruane with their dog Alfie at their pub Ruane’s in Glentane, Co Galway. Photo: Mark Condren

Closed: Christy and Mary Ruane with their dog Alfie at their pub Ruane’s in Glentane, Co Galway. Photo: Mark Condren

Closed: Christy and Mary Ruane with their dog Alfie at their pub Ruane’s in Glentane, Co Galway. Photo: Mark Condren

Christy Ruane (75) has run his pub in the rural townland of Glentane, Co Galway, for 45 years, but the coronavirus lockdown has seen him forced to close his doors and meet ongoing bills on a much-reduced income.

He and his wife Mary are having to dip into their savings to cover costs with no end in sight to the restrictions on pubs.

"I never envisaged something like this was ever going to happen," said Mr Ruane. He has had to cancel direct debits and save all the money he can "because you don't know where or how it's going to finish up".


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