Celebrate all that's great about our pubs in Loving Your Local

The Irish pub has gone through huge change but it remains an institution in Irish life

Sarah Smyth

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Sarah Smyth

Loving Your Local

Local pubs play a key role in the social life of our communities

Local pubs play a key role in the social life of our communities and in this week’s Dundalk Democrat we celebrate the institution that is the Irish pub.  Our 16 page supplement, Loving Your Local, produced in conjunction with the Vintners’ Federation of Ireland looks at the Irish pub has evolved over the years but still remains very much at the heart of local life.

“Before social media and phones, you probably got your information by going to the local pub,” John Byrne of Byrne’s Pub on Hill St Dundalk told Loving Your Local, as he cast an eye on the changes that have occurred in the business over the years.  He outlines how diversity has enhanced the business. Byrne’s has branched into off-sales and they developed their outdoor space as well.

“We would call ourselves a horse with four tricks,” he remarked.

Loving Your Local looks at how pubs around the country have adapted to change while at the same time remaining at the heart of local communities, reflecting the changes in Irish society but staying firmly at the centre of it all.

Check out our 16 page Loving Your Local supplement HERE or in this week's Dundalk Democrat.