With “Holy (crap-what-will-I-do-for-booze-tomorrow) Thursday” upon us, here’s our guide to the best places to enjoy some drinks on Good Friday. There’s more options than you might have thought…
It has been suggested that rugby is the true religion in Limerick city. That certainly seemed to be the case last year when in the weeks leading up to Good Friday. The air was rent with outcry from religious communities and yelps of joy from rugby fans when it was announced that Good Friday would be a Great Friday in Limerick to facilitate the thirsty match-goers thronging to Thomond Park to see Munster meet their old rivals Leinster on the holy day. The Franciscan Friars of Renewal, also based in Limerick, proclaimed that the rugby fans were “compromising their faith” by attending the match (never mind taking a drink) and called for a boycott on the day.
At the time it was thought that the exemption by Judge Tom O’Donnell would signal the end of the 1927 Intoxicating Liquor Act ban on the sale of alcohol on Good Friday, but this was not to be the case. While admittedly it is really only one day off the booze, many believe that the ban is irrelevant to modern Ireland (considering it disregards the non-religious, and other religions take on the matter) and may be a turn off for foreign tourists that plan to come to Ireland for the Easter weekend. For now, it seems the dry day is here to stay for the foreseeable future.
Of course, nothing makes a Good Friday into a Bloody Brilliant Friday like a recession-friendly house party. Having worked in an off-license for a few years in college I can safely say that Holy Thursday (or as we used to call it ‘Holy-crap-what-will-I-do-for-booze-tomorrow Thursday’) is the busiest night of the year. The amount of liquor purchased would put the decadent ‘prohibition’ era drinkers portrayed in Boardwalk Empire to shame. Easy to see why, as Good Friday is one of the biggest house party and BBQ days of the year – a long weekend stretching in front; the weather is looking good. Oh lets face it, any excuse really…
But if you are interested in making some slightly classier plans than “tins in the gaff” [Ed’s note: cans of alcoholic beverages in a private household] then look no further. Here at NewsWhip we have the skinny on the best ways to ways to spend the day if you’d like to kick off the long weekend in style. It seems this year the Good Friday liquor dam has sprung quite a few leaks.
• Early rising Electric Picnickers (or those who stayed up all night) will be familiar with the Dublin Gospel Choir, who are performing this Friday in the Olympia with special guests Cathy Davey, Neil Hannon, Paddy Casey. Tickets are €30 and available from here. The bar is open for this gig. Just saying.
• Brook Lodge in Co. Wicklow are basically having a fancy pants lock-in this Friday with accommodation, a BBQ, full bar until 4am with Republic of Loose and Bipolar Empire performing. More info here.
• The self proclaimed ‘Party Boat’ La Peniche, which is based on the Grand Canal in Dublin are imagining themselves in international waters with their offer of alcohol being served with meals on their cruises. More info here.
• If you really are gasping on Friday, oh ye of little patience, the refreshment carriages on Irish Rail intercity trains are serving alcohol, and Irish Ferries are also serving on board their sailings, if anyone fancies a day trip to Holyhead or Pembroke.
• Dublin Airport is also serving, but you would have to be fairly desperate to get a cold pint seeing as you would have to buy a flight, check in and pass security in order to avail of the bars around the duty free area. Puts a grumpy doorman on the door of your local watering hole into perspective, doesn’t it?
So have your fun, and make the day a Great Friday, just remember to drink responsibly kids… maybe soak up some of the alcohol with hot cross buns?