Dermot Muldoon, who runs Muldoon’s pub in Drumconrath, Co Meath. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

When the licensing laws changed last year, allowing pubs to serve alcohol on Good Friday for the first time since 1927, there was relief among publica(...)

The food truck outside The Vines in Saltmills, Co Wexford

The Irish pub is one of the most iconic aspects of our culture. Places of celebration, commiseration, company and community, they have a long, rich hi(...)

The amount of time people  spend on their smartphones in pubs and restaurants is damaging Ireland’s hospitality culture, according to a Fine Gael Senator. File photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

The amount of time people are spending on their smartphones in pubs and restaurants is damaging Ireland’s hospitality culture, according to a Fine Gae(...)

Budget 2019 elicited a range of varying reactions from the business community. File photograph: Getty Images

“Removing the 9 per cent VAT rate in today’s budget is a kick in the teeth for the hospitality sector,” Vintners’ Federation of Ireland “After a (...)

Conway’s pub on Dublin’s Parnell Street

Dublin has the lowest number of pubs per capita of any county in the Republic, figures show. The total number of pub licences issued in the city and (...)

The decline in the number of rural pubs was the pretext for a call by the Drinks Industry Group of Ireland for a cut in excise in Budget 2019. Photograph: Brian Lynch

The large companies – mostly multinationals – that manufacture the beers and spirits we guzzle know their five-year campaign for a cut in drink taxes (...)

 Local sourcing, innovation and value are the cornerstones of a new scheme designed to improve food in Irish pubs.  Photograph: Emma Jervis

Fáilte Ireland and the Vintners Federation of Ireland (VFI) are joining forces to improve the range and quality of food on sale in Irish pubs. The “Gr(...)

  Pablo Santos, an event promoter for Wigwam bar, Dublin, is expecting a large number of Brazil fans for the side’s World Cup opener against Switzerland on Sunday

If you walk past Dublin’s Wigwam bar on Sunday afternoon you will hear a strange blend of electronic samba and the battle cries of Brazilians psyching(...)

Make no mistake: the challenge to the Government’s drink-driving legislation is commercially driven and designed to maintain alcohol sales. Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

Enforcing the law and saving lives should not pose a problem for elected representatives. But intensive lobbying by the Vintners Federation of Ireland(...)

‘The lifting of the Good Friday alcohol ban brings Ireland in line with all other European destinations, including the Vatican.’

Anyone propping up a bar stool on Good Friday might raise a glass to Limerick judge Tom O’Donnell. As pubs and restaurants open around the country,(...)

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