Good Friday drinking ban in Portlaoise 2017 -the last day ever of sacred shutdown

It was all quiet on Portlaoise as the town's pubs were all shut for what would be the last Good Friday Closing ever in Ireland

There was little sign of life on Portlaoise's Main St pubs on the last ever Good Friday in 2018.

The town's chippers were doing a brisk trade and the only person at work at the pubs was a tradesman on a ladder painting the outside of the Welcome Inn.

But seeing as 2017 was the final year of the ban, the Leinster Express decided to record the ending of the historic sacred prohibition. 


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