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News from Ireland:
The Threat of the Super Pub

By Irish America Staff
August / September 2000

The small Irish local pub is in danger of becoming extinct with the increasing popularity of larger superpubs, according to a leading Irish vintner. Cork vintner Con Dennehy warned of the danger of transferring licenses from rural areas to larger cities, and he urged Justice Minister John O’Donoghue to change the existing laws.

Under the current licensing laws, pubs are operable only under a license, and there are a finite number of licenses available in any particular district. Explained Dennehy: “Under the new legislation, it is possible to buy a pub license from a small traditional pub in somewhere like Ballydehob or Termonfeckin or Mohill and transfer it into Dublin or Cork city.” He added: “We have no problem with such transfers, but there should be a cap on the size of the new pub.” The new legislation, coupled with the clamp down on drunk driving in rural areas has made things difficult for country publicans and many are selling their licenses. ♦

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