29 August 2019 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Drinks industry concern as rural sector shrinks

The number of pubs in Co Monaghan has fallen by 23.1% since 2005, reflecting a national trend which has prompted the drinks industry to voice concern. Analysis of Revenue figures conducted by the Drinks Industry Group of Ireland has shown that there are now 1,535 fewer pubs in rural Ireland than there were 14 years ago, with 71 countryside “locals” shutting their doors in 2018 alone.

Co Monaghan now has 28 fewer pubs than in 2005. A media release from the representative body said that the figures were “a stark reminder of the pub’s continued decline in rural Ireland, with many rural licensed premises forced to shut up shop during the recession.

It continued: “The Drinks Industry Group of Ireland’s analysis of Revenue figures shows that the rural pub population declined by almost a quarter in Mayo (-21% or 98 pubs), Tipperary (-22.5% or 118 pubs) and Cork (-25.6% or 313 pubs), down from 1,221 to 908 from 2005 to 2018. In contrast, Dublin has experienced a net loss of only 10 pubs since…

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