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While we will miss the bemusement of witnessing confused tourists trekking the streets in search of a drink during their Easter trip to Ireland, we're thrilled to say that pubs will be open in Ireland this Good Friday. 

The Dáil has today passed legislation to allow pubs to serve alcohol on Good Friday.

The legislation will be signed into law in time for this Easter, so we're sure pubs can expect a roaring trade.

'Tourism makes a much greater contribution to our economy and this is particularly true during holidays, such as the busy Easter period,' Minister of State David Stanton told RTE.

'In addition changing demographics and increasing diversity in our population have led to a reduction in traditional religious practice.'

'Taking all these factors into consideration the Government considered that it was an opportune time to have an examination of the Good Friday restrictions.'

The law banning the sale of alcohol has been in place Ireland for over 90 years. 

So, no more stocking up on drink for the house on the Thursday. 


Tomorrow, Good Friday, all of the Republic of Ireland's pubs and off-licences will be closed, with most restaurants also banned from selling alcohol.

As it's the only other day aside from Christmas Day when alcohol cannot be sold here, people tend to get pretty panicked.

But – as comedian Frankie Boyle learned when he suggested he might be playing to his first "sober audience" in Dublin tomorrow – there are ways around every law.

Like pillaging the country's off-licences today, Thursday, for example.

One look at Twitter confirms that yep, that's exactly what most people are planning to do.

This lad is taking no chances – he's bringing the whole squad

Even Bishop Brennan is in on the whole thing

And keeping in the religious theme, here's the REAL meaning of H-O-L-Y Thursday

We're loving this poem

Oh, and this one


It's not just alcohol we'll be saying goodbye to

Tomorrow's motto: Be Prepared

Someone needs to erect a warning sign at Dublin Airport arrivals

Of course, there are some perks to this kinda-sorta Bank Holiday



It’s Good Friday – which can only mean one thing – the pubs are closed. The horror!

If you didn’t make it to the off-licence on time last night, there are certain ways to get around the no-booze rule.

1. Hotels can serve alcohol with a meal

For obvious reasons hotels are allowed to serve a drink and a meal, but keep in mind many hotels demand that you be a guest to avail of their Good Friday loophole.

2. Take in some dog racing

Why not take a trip down to your local greyhound stadium for a race, a bet and a tipple.

3. Head on to the ferry or take a flight

It is slightly drastic and sometimes quite pricey, but you can drink away on board both an aeroplane and a ferry. Once you get through security with a ticket in your paw, you can grab a pint at one of the airport bars!

4. Cross the border

Head for the hills and cross the border. All pubs and clubs should be open in Northern Ireland as well as off-licences.

5. Private Members Clubs

If you know some impressive secret handshakes that unlock the doors of certain clubs you could be in luck as various private members clubs are allowed to sell alcohol for up to six hours.

6. Head to the theatre

Once you have a ticket and you’re inside the playhouse you can avail of the theatrical loophole and grab yourself a few scoops. To the theatre darlings!

7. Go to the train station

Once you have a ticket you can be served in some train stations throughout Ireland. Once you have an intercity ticket you’re sorted, you’ll be served in the station bars and you don’t even have to take the train.

8. Befriend a soldier

Army bars don’t have to comply with the dry-Friday laws and the drinks are supplemented. This means discount pints, soldiers and firearms a plenty.

But remember, don’t drink and drive

And stay safe