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Dublin: 19 °C Saturday 21 September, 2019

As the off-licences were closing, we hit the streets to ask about the alcohol ban

Is it time to scrap the Good Friday law? Do we secretly enjoy a pub free day?

HOUSE PARTIES ARE being busily planned in towns and cities across the country today, in light of the annual Good Friday pub shut-down.

A 1927 law dictates alcohol cannot be sold on the Friday before Easter – and as usual, there were queues forming at off-licences and supermarkets in Dublin last night as people stocked up ‘just in case’. Some were leaving the shops laden down with cans and bottles, others simply clutched a single bottle of Pinot Grigio.

So what do Dubliners and visitors to Ireland make of the Good Friday ban? Is it time to scrap the near-90-year-old law, or do people secretly enjoy the novelty of a pub-free day?

Late night shoppers and passers-by alike – there were plenty of strong opinions…


Video by Nicky Ryan.

Read: Where can I get a drink today?

Read: Publicans say ‘archaic’ Good Friday alcohol ban should be lifted ahead of 1916 centenary

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