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With Irish pubs being legally allowed to serve alcohol for the first time in 90 years as of this Good Friday, it only seems right that a pub crawl to honour the momentous occasion was organised. 

Thanks to Publin, one such even has been organised in Dublin city already. 

The pub crawl will bring fans of a good gargle to some of Dublin's finest pubs to celebrate the lifting of the ban.

'On the night we'll visit 4 pubs, each with a different story to tell,' reads the event description.

'Publin crawls aren't just about the drinking; we'll try to show you a side of pubs that you haven't seen or considered before.'

'Before each location we give you a short history of the pub and a few tidbits of stories that should be news even to the most well informed pub goer.'

The crawl kicks off at 6.30pm from an undisclosed location on Good Friday. 

Tickets are priced at €16.34 abd are available here.



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. 



If there's one thing sure to raise blood pressure on a particular Thursday every year, it's the realisation that getting your hands on booze the following day will be next to impossible unless a forward-thinking friend had the foresight to stock up.

However, the Good Friday alcohol ban, which has been in place for 90 years, may soon become a thing of the past after the Seanad today passed a bill which called for the sale of alcohol on the religious holiday.

According to emerging reports, the bill was passed unanimously after the Government amended the new law to ensure it would not only apply to hotels, but pubs as well.

Commenting on the passing of The Intoxicating Liquor (Amendment) Bill, Senator Billy Lawless, said: "In my mind, the passage of today's bill is another progressive step in Ireland's long journey in the separation of church and State."

"It is understandable when lawmakers try to introduce legislation that changes a practice that has been in place for almost 100 years, people pause to reflect, yet this is what lawmaking is about."

"There is an affinity to the closed day but that affinity is in fact leading to alcohol abuse in many case," he added. 

The legislation will be debated in the Dail following its summer break.


Good Friday is a funny auld day, between the lack of meat eating and the no-drinking rule.

However, Ireland is a place full of mischief and excellent observations, as we discovered by checking out the Irish Good Friday hashtag. 

10. Stocking up in a national pastime. 

9. As is confusing tourists.

8. And watching them being confused.

7. Hear, hear!

6. Not that you can get near a lick of drink today.

Good Friday in Ireland from ireland

5. Build a wall. Make the thirsty pay for it. 

4. Any excuse for a house sesh really.

3. The fear must have been real. 

2.  He's ready to go.

1. Up to a bit of mischief 

So, while we have you here; don't forget to have your say in the inaugural SHEmazing Awards this May! It's time to vote, and you can do it right here!


Have you ever realised that you have no wine for the Easter weekend and have to dash to the shop, only to remember that it's Good Friday so you're stranded, wine-less for 24 hours? 

Well, this Easter predicament will soon come to an end. 

The Government is making moves to abolish the 90-year-old ban which prevents Irish stores from selling alcohol on Good Friday.

The Irish Times is reporting that the Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald is expected not to oppose the bill. 

Unfortunately, the change is likely to come into effect for Good Friday 2018, so we're still banned from buying a beverage this Easter Friday. 

The lift is being welcomed by most Irish folk.

"Finally, no more forcing businesses and citizens to adhere to religious practice against their will," tweeted one. 

"Abolishing the Good Friday ban is such a significant step towards separation of church and state. Brilliant news," said another. 


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



After the campaign to let Irish pubs to stay open on Good Friday this year, Minister Frances Fitzgerald has decided to NOT lift the ban. 

She told RTE today that she "won't be doing it this year," but then continued to say that there's hope in the future as the alcohol legislation will be revised. 

The Licensed Vintners Association (LVA) said that they are all disappointed by the minister's outcome to change the law this year. 

"This is a lost opportunity not just for publicans but for the capital city and the tourist sector as a whole," said LVA's chief executive Donall O'Keeffe.

"Once again thousands of tourists and holiday goers are going to be at a loss wondering why they can’t go to a pub for a drink."

There's always next year, lads!



It seems like the Good Friday alcohol ban might be scrapped very soon. 

The Publicans of Ireland has called on the Governmenrt to lift the ban on the sale of alcohol on Good Friday, describing the law as "archaic" and "discriminatory."

They are fighting to lift the law before the 2016 Easter celebrations commence, which will hopefully see a rise in tourists coming over for the occasion. 

The Ireland Switzerland international friendly is also taking place on Good Friday in the Aviva Stadium. 

The Vintners Federation of Ireland (VFI) and the Licensed Vintners Association (LVA) launched a social media campaign this week, #AboutTime, which sees them urging the Government to let Good Friday become like any other day of the year.

“Every Good Friday we have thousands of tourists wandering around the streets of our cities and towns asking why they can’t go into a pub for a drink,” said Donall O’Keeffe of the LVA.

“Those numbers will be boosted this year because of the Easter 2016 celebrations.”

The Intoxicating Liquor Act was first introduced in 1927, banning sale of alcohol on Christmas Day, St Patrick's Day and Good Friday. The ban on Paddy's Day was lifted in 1960 due to the amount of visitors coming to Ireland for the festivities.



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