Good Friday in Ireland

O'Donohue's pub getting work done on Good Friday O'Donohue's pub getting work done on Good Friday

The Irish pub, scene of many a good evening but traditionally not on Good Friday one of only two days of the year when pubs are not allowed to open in Ireland - until now.

2018 sees the end of the ban on pubs opening on Good Friday due to the amendment of a law from 1927.

Over the past 90 years pubs have used the Easter holy day to get a raft of work done or take a day off. 

Some pubs this year will remain closed and others are donating proceeds from Good Friday sales to charity.

Here are some scenes from a sunny Good Friday featuring some of Dublin's most famous pubs including The Foggy Dew, The Temple Bar and O'Donoghue's on the 18th of April 2014 with a sign saying "Good Friday April 18th, Closed - it's the law." and a few pubs either closed or getting renovations carried out.

So to answer the question "Are pubs in Ireland open on Good Friday?", the answer is "It depends!" but yes many or most will be open.

The Temple Bar closed on Good Friday 2014
The Temple Bar closed on Good Friday 2014

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The Foggy Dew closed on Good Friday 2014
The Foggy Dew closed on Good Friday 2014
Last modified on Thursday, 29 March 2018 19:04

2 comments

  • Comment Link Darren Sunday, 01 April 2018 19:24 posted by Darren

    Thanks Arlene, did you have a favourite pub?

  • Comment Link Arlene McIlravey Sunday, 01 April 2018 16:41 posted by Arlene McIlravey

    I loved the pubs in Ireland
    when I was there last may as they seemed to be a neigbourhood gathering place. Everyone was so happy and friendly.

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