Pauline Whelan, Gearoid Whelan, Ella Whelan and Brian Whelan of Whelan’s Pub in Newcastle West, Co Limerick. The family pub has been adapted to enable social distancing whenever restrictions due to coronavirus are lifted or eased. Photograph: Alan Place

Gearoid Whelan is up a ladder in his pub in Newcastle West, Co Limerick. He is getting ready for the reopening he still believes might happen in the s(...)

 The closed Shamrock bar on the Killarney road in Newcastle West, Limerick. Photograph Liam Burke/Press 22

“There were nine pubs in this street at one stage. Then it went down to one. Now it’s back up to four.” Patrick O’Kelly is standing on the street out(...)

Margaret O’Kelly, pictured with her son, Patrick O’Kelly, owner of the Silver Dollar Bar in Newcastle West, Co Limerick. Photograph: Brian Gavin/Press 22

Publican John Halpin has noticed a change in drinking habits in his pub in Croom. “People are more inclined now to go out to the pub earlier and go ho(...)