The Good Friday alcohol ban was brought to an end yesterday, Thursday.
The news was not welcomed by all publicans in Sligo. One rural bar owner, not wishing to be named, told Sligo Today
Good Friday was a great day to carry out maintenance such as painting
and floor varnishing. He said, "No tradesmen are available on Christmas Day so
Good Friday was perfect to carry out the work."
legislation was governed under the Intoxicating Liquor Act 1927. Laws
prohibited the sale of alcohol on the Christian holiday for over 90
years. It was introduced in 1927 and was one of three days in the
calendar that the sale of alcohol was banned.
legislation, alcohol could not be served on Good Friday, Christmas Day
and St Patrick’s Day. However, the due to commercial pressure, the ban
for St Patrick’s Day was repealed in 1960.
The sale of alcohol on Good
Friday was only permitted for people at an airport, on a train, on a
boat or staying in a hotel.
The Dog Show at the RDS in Dublin
was a favourite for thirsty punters prior to 1960. However noted playwright Brendan
Behan once famously complained that he couldn't enjoy his pint with the noise of the
It was a common sight over the years to see the alcohol
section in supermarkets 'curtained' off with black plastic sacks for
the Holy Day.
Minister of State David Stanton welcomed the news
and said the tourism industry will benefit. He said: “Tourism makes a
much greater contribution to our economy and this is particularly true
during holidays, such as the busy Easter period.
changing demographics and increasing diversity in our population have
led to a reduction in traditional religious practice.
these factors into consideration the Government considered that it was
an opportune time to have an examination of the Good Friday
restrictions.”President Michael D Higgins will sign the
amendment next week and the new law will come into immediate effect,
ensuring pubs will open this Good Friday 30 March.
Executive of the Licensed Vintners Association Donall O’Keeffe said the
decision to allow the sale of alcohol on Good Friday was long overdue.
He said: “Removing the ban is simple common sense.
large number of tourists visiting Ireland at Easter were confused by a
law that made Ireland appear out of touch with the with the rest of our
“The extra day’s trade at such a busy time of year will be a welcome boost.
“This change is a win for our customers, our tourists, our suppliers and the wider hospitality sector.
fact the Bill received all-party support illustrates there is little
opposition to Good Friday trading, as has always been the case for
retailers in other sectors.”