Publicans lodge application to open on Good Friday

LIMERICK publicans have lodged their application to the Court Services offices for a special six hour exemption for Good Friday to coincide with the much anticipated Munster versus Leinster Magners League game match scheduled for Thomond Park. The application, to be heard on

Tuesday March 23 next at Limerick District Court, will seek that the presiding judge grant a six hour special exemption to allow publicans open their premises and trade on a day that normally prevents them from legally opening.

Dave Hickey, Vintners spokesperson has said that hopes the application will be successful on behalf of the 60 licensed Vintners in Limerick.

The Vintners met this Monday at the Strand Hotel to formulate the application and to take legal advice surrounding the legal challenge. The crux of the application holds that the licensed trade and local economy could lose out on up to €6million euro in revenue that the 26,000 sell-out crowd brings to Limerick.

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Should this groundbreaking application be granted, close to 100 pubs within Limerick could be the only licensed premised open in the country on Good Friday, April 2.

Gardai have reserved their position to comment until the court hearing but it is understood that they will object to the application to allow the pubs open for the biggest match in domestic rugby.