Now it’s just down to Christmas Day.
This is now the last time of year that an Irishman is locked out of his pub. With the new ruling, which occurred in January of this year, the Republic of Ireland has now opened its pub doors on Good Friday. After a 90-year ban, the sale of alcohol has now officially been permitted with all-party support (The Guardian).
Not wanting to miss a moment of the Goodness, pubs are enthusiastically opening their doors at 7 AM. Citing changing demographics, a reduction in traditional religious practices, and benefits from tourism, alcohol retailers and politicians alike have sided together to make this a reality. Moreover, a lot of the public over the years has held onto the idea that Jesus’ crucifiction was done in an act of love and should be celebrated, which is in contrast to how some might see it as being a solemn and sad event.
This is not to say, however, that the whole country is on board with the lifting of the ban, as even a couple of cities, Newmarket & Derumconrath, have held fast in keeping “Good Dryday” (The Irish Times).
With this action, Ireland meets the large majority of “Christian” countries that have enabled their citizens to purchase and consume alcohol on Good Friday. For some perspective, one is even able to drink a glass of wine with his meal in the Vatican on this day.
Ultimately, whether you’re a believer or not, everyone loves to wake up to round chocolates in the form of Easter eggs. And now in Ireland, for those willing, one can even complement those with a whiskey that was purchased on the Friday before.
Now, raise a glass to the Risen!
Heck, even Jesus drank wine.
Happy Easter! We will be testing out and celebrating this new found liberty in the Republic amongst other Irish-folk and our furry pals, Kim & Eli.
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