In Ireland, Good Friday Brings 91-Year First

Pubs can sell booze for first time since 1927
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 30, 2018 11:16 AM CDT
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(Newser) – For the first time in 91 years, thirsty Irish folk can get a pint in a pub on Good Friday. Since 1927, a law has required bars to keep closed on the holiday, which has traditionally seen drinkers gather in homes or on booze-selling trains. In January, however, Ireland's parliament passed legislation that ended the one-day prohibition. The Irish Times reports visitors to bars early Friday were pretty chill about the whole thing, though a doorman noted there "were older people saying it's a disgrace." Bar owners will be happy, though. The Vintners Federation of Ireland expects the move to generate as much as $49 million in alcohol sales, per the BBC. (Read more Ireland stories.)

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