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Wednesday 22 November 2017

IT'S NOT 1932 - IT'S HIGH TIME WE LET PEOPLE ENJOY A DRINK ON GOOD FRIDAY

IS THIS 1932?

The Eucharistic Congress might be back in town in June, but surely we don't have to go back 80 years when it comes to opening pubs on Good Friday?

There's no good reason why bars should not trade that day allowing fans have a civilised drink and, for example, watch a Leinster game.

Because if there's a new religion in post-Catholic Ireland it's sport. And, like it or not, where you find sport, you'll find fans enjoying a drink.

Much of the attraction of watching a game is meeting up with friends, often in a bar, to view it on a big screen.

So publicans will doubtlessly apply to the courts to open on Good Friday if Leinster are playing that day. If a judge rules with them it will overturn the outmoded law of closing on the Catholic holy day.

Bar owners argue that almost every other business is open on Good Friday -- so why should they close?

Our economy is crying out for tourists and spending. Closing down one of our main draws as visitors flock in for an Easter break is madness.

Perhaps Minister Leo Varadkar could stop worrying about hypothetical bailout 'bombs' and do something useful -- like overhauling our licensing laws. Most of us have gotten over the hangup of visiting a pub on a holy day. For those who haven't and want to celebrate Good Friday there's an easy way to do so: avoid the pub and go to Mass.

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