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Open thread: Have any pubs near you closed down?

The recession has hit pubs hard with almost 1,000 of them closing in the past five years. Have any in your area closed down? And are they missed?

IRISH PUBS HAVE always played a central part in Irish society – but the recession has hit them hard.

Almost 1,000 pubs have closed in the past five years as people opt for cheaper alcohol ahead of going out. Earlier this month the Financial Times estimated that there now just (!) 7,509 licensed pubs in the country.

As a parliamentary committee continues to hold discussions on how alcohol is being misused in Irish society, we got to thinking about the role alcohol plays in Irish society.

So we want to know: Have any pubs near you closed down? And are they missed? Were they a key part of the community or just another place where people go to get hammered?

Over to you…

PS: Got your phone or your camera near you? If you have any photos of Irish pubs which have closed, send them our way and we’ll use them in a slideshow. Mail tips@thejournal.ie.

Open thread: Have any pubs near you closed down?
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  • Pubs closing down

    Source: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland
  • Pubs closing down

    Source: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland
  • Pubs closing down

    Source: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland
  • Closed pubs

    Source: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland
  • Pubs closing down

    Source: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

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