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Ireland ends nearly century-old ban on alcohol sales on Good Friday

From Reuters - January 25, 2018

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Irelands parliament agreed on Thursday to end the states prohibition of alcohol sales on the Christian holiday of Good Friday, saying society had changed significantly since the restrictions were put in place almost a century ago.

The shutting of bars and banning of sales in shops on the day Christians commemorate Christs death have long been opposed by publicans and restaurant owners, who have argued that they lose business during the busy Easter holiday weekend.

Their battle ended up in the courts eight years ago when a judge granted an exemption to pubs in the western city of Limerick to allow drinking during a match between two provincial rugby rivals.

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