Stephen Chambers Posted June 8, 2008 Share Posted June 8, 2008 A bit of all those things, but probably more the random breath-testing and the price of drink. Most people find the pubs are now pleasanter without the cigarette smoke. But another factor is that, the way the licensing system works here, if a supermarket wants to sell alcohol they have to buy a pub license, so pub licenses can be sold for a substantial amount of money. So it's a combination of the price of drink and random Breathalyzer testing that's keeping punters at home, and the potential cashing in of their pub license that's prompting publicans to sell their pubs? Some rural pubs are trying to fight back by organising a minibus service, most are only open in the evenings now and some only at weekends. Many places, including Miltown Malbay, only have half the pubs they did 10 years ago. What commonly seems to happen is that, as elderly publicans approach retirement age, they find nobody wants to take on the pub they've struggled to keep open almost as a local community service, so they finish up selling the license for a tidy sum towards their old age (around Euro 180,000 was the last I heard), usually it goes to open an off licence, though sometimes it's for a pub in Dublin (which requires the purchase of two rural licenses). But they often don't sell the pub building and they may well continue to live there. I read somewhere that the closing of the rural pubs is having a tragic effect on the older generation living in the area with an increase of suicides since there’s little to do and people are feeling more isolated and lonely. Is that true? People are certainly tending to feel more isolated, not only with the pub situation, but also with the closure of local post offices, shops and petrol stations, as I mentioned. That only leaves the cattle mart and mass attendance, as places for social interaction... Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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