Nearly 350 pubs nationwide have closed since the Covid-19 pandemic struck, according to figures released on licence renewals by the Revenue Commissioners.
Both the Vintners’ Federation of Ireland (VFI) and Licenced Vintners’ Association (LVA) said the 5% drop in pub licence renewals is a dramatic escalation in the crisis faced by pub owners, coming just before the government decides whether to remove all remaining Covid restrictions currently operated by the trade.
Just prior to the pandemic, there were 7,137 licenced pubs throughout the country. That has dropped to 6,788. The 349 pubs that have closed were in 25 counties.
Some 37 pubs shut in Cork, with the overall number declining from 910 to 873. In Dublin, 33 pubs closed, with the city and county now having 752 pubs, and in Kerry, the number dropped from 448 to 426. Donegal lost 33, decreasing from 367 to 334. By contrast, Co Monaghan, lost just two (99 to 97) and Co Sligo lost four going from 140 to 136.