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Kilnaleck loses most pubs title

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Article in this week’s Anglo-Celt. It doesn’t say where the title has gone to, because most Irish towns are losing pubs. Besides that would be just too much effort – this is the Celt after all. In typical extensively researched fashion the article goes on to say that we’re suffering from competition from the three pubs in Mountnugent and the eight in Ballinagh. They’ve added two new pubs in each of these towns :-)
Pic by: Adrian Donohoe
Empty stools and empty glasses. Pubs closures in Kilnaleck have resulted in the town losing its title as the location with the most pubs per head of population. Publicans Joey Boylan, Pius Denneny, Tom Michael Hill and Peter Brady are photographed in Kilnaleck.
The town of Kilnaleck, which once boasted to having the highest number of pubs per head of population anywhere within the British Isles, has now lost that title following the closure of two pubs in recent times.

Pubs Closing

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

The Pub aka The Hurlers closed today, probably for the last time. It’s the third pub to close in the village since I took this photo in 2007
Kilnaleck Pubs Poster
Brooks’s, The Central Bar (Millers) and now The Hurlers. It’s a difficult trading time for pubs in small villages. One pub a day is closing in rural Ireland. The effects of the (futile) smoking ban, increased enforcement of the drink-driving laws and changes in peoples incomes and lifestyles mean that a lot more will close in the coming years also.

It’s a pity to see them go. The pub has been a meeting and socializing place and a part of Irish society for many years. I feel we’re losing something more than just a few places to go when we’re thirsty. I hope the remaining six pubs in the town manage to keep afloat during the tough times ahead.