Particularly in rural Ireland pubs have closed hand over fist in the past 7-8 years with those remaining in many cases hanging in there unless they've a substantial food business.Whats to blame , probably a number of things including
More and more people on minimum wage with no money
Depopulation of rural Ireland to Dublin and abroad
Young people spending their disposable income on illegal drugs as opposed to beer
Gardai over the top antics on elderly people in particular driving the following day ( as opposed to real crime - catching burglars - drug dealers etc )
Obviously it's cheaper go to Lidl but in rural pubs the pint is circa 4 euro for last ten years and even some tuborg- carling offers are cheaper . I'd prefer to pay a bit more to have a chat with neighbours than drink a can on my own looking out the window at home , or do younger folk only want to be on their phones rather than engage with members of their community ?
Can't see this going well. After Hours loves to have a go at pubs and publicans.
The three main factors are young people not living in rural areas, vastly improved attitudes in relation to drink-driving, and an overall reduction in alcohol consumption.
You say it like it's a bad thing. But if there's no demand, there's no demand. So be it.
Nailed it. It's not the crazy alcohol prices, drunken eejits, poor standards, filthy toilets, or awful service that have put me off going to rural pubs over the years, it's the possibility that the next day the Gardaí might be up to their old no good antics!
Next time you're about to go the pub, STOP, and think "is it worth meddlin' with those pesky Guard's tomorrow?"
So you approve of people driving over the alcohol limit??
Are you from Kilgarvan?
No im not but Gardai ..Ban Gardai in particular seem to specialize in bagging honest law abiding sorts ( in many cases teetotaler ) in the morning time.....seem to like scaring the elderly into been afraid to have a drink at all or venture out.....
Where as when these elderly are been broken into by travellers etc theres no guards to be found...Probably a broader piece on guards picking the handy catchs as opposed to tackling some of the evil scumbags outthere....
Anyone drink driving is an evil scumbag.
So the Gardai (and female ones in particular) are out on the roads arresting teetotallers in the morning to try and scare the elderly?
And if your meaning of "bagging" is "testing them", then what's the harm? How is a Garda supposed to identify a teetotaller from anyone else?
The inanity of your statements speak for themselves.
Personally I'd prioritise road safety and saving lives above stopping some scumbags from stealing someone's cash and trinkets, but that's just me.
Luckily the Gardai who do the breath tests and the ones who catch burglars are in two different departments so we don't have to debate over what they *should* be doing.
Doesn't matter. Sooner or later everyone will be living in Dublin anyway, you know where there are loadsa jobs, plenty of pubs, great public transport and cheap housing.
Who'd want to live in the country anyway, where everyone either knows or wants to know your business. Would kill me.
A premium PER drink isnt' much e.g. Can 2.50 Pint 4.20.
But if you are binging - the premium over the course of a night fairly mounts and people are all too aware of this difference in their pocket.
Not that I'm advocating binging. But it is a popular pursuit amongst any pub's potential clients, is it not?
OP, your ramblings look like something from the journal.
You haven't given any compelling reasons for as to why the "rural pub" is the sacred cow you make it out to be.
If these pubs are closing down, then so be it, it is simply the free market taking it's course of action.
There are plently of rural pubs thriving too. I have a few locals that do a great trade and nothing to do with food. A good pub with good pints will attract business.
why would a teetotaler worry about being tested for drink driving?
The pubs are closing down rural Ireland? Where did they get the authority to do that?