Over and stout for the irish pub
I saw this on the BBC news web-site today.
Seems that fewer people in Ireland choose to spend their time in the pub and lots are closing down. Opportunity or Threat in marketing-speak? Discuss.
Could we see a resurgance of session pubs where landlords endeavour to bring in more punters? Or will the session pubs struggling to get bums on seats every week find the door closed next time?
It’s a great shame - growing up in Ireland I always loved to get dragged along to the pub after a Saturday afternoon shopping trip and find the place full of families relaxing and sharing the craic, or to finish a walk over the Mourne mountains with a pint in a warm pub full of all manner of folk relaxing and generally being agreeable. Admitedly, with some of the souless establishments I saw during my more recent trips to Dublin and Kilkenny, perhaps it’s no bad thing some are going to the wall; but my fear would be that it’s the decent ones that will be lost.
Will we be left with souless tourist pubs with "live" music performers or will pubs welcome again real irish sessions with ordinary folk turning up to play, sing and the craic?