DUBLIN (AP) – Guinness flows on a Good Friday for the first time in 90 years in Irish restaurants.
Rows of people were reported as pubs opened at 7 in the morning to serve alcohol, thanks to legislation prohibiting the 1927 ban on pubs opened on Good Friday for thirsty locals and tourists.
The Irish Winegrowers Association welcomed the change and said it would bring in 40 million euros ($ 49 million) in sales. Chief Executive Officer Padraig Cribben said, "The Good Friday ban comes from another time and is rightly attributed to history."
Cribben said the change meant that pub owners could now choose to "like all other companies who never signed a ban."
The closure requirement had often surprised tourists in Ireland for the long Easter weekend arrived.
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There were a few earlier exceptions to the Good Friday ban. The hotel residents could be served alcohol; those who travel by plane, train or sea; or people attending a theater show or sporting event.
On Good Friday, Christians remember the death of Jesus on the Cross.
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