Pubs in the Republic of Ireland open for the first time in over 90 years on Good Friday, prompting new calls to lift their opening hours in Northern Ireland.
Alcohol sales on religious holiday were prohibited the republic, but the law was changed in January for economic reasons.
It is estimated that the change in legislation will boost the economy by as much as £ 35 million.
Eliminating this ban brings Ireland on par with the rest of our European neighbors
– Donall O's Keeffe, Licensed Winegrowers Association
A Dublin customs officer ̵
"I think people got more excited about the novelty factor that it was the first time in 90 years to legally drink something."
But he also added tourists who were waiting to check into hotels now also hosted.
"They all have a beer, they all have breakfast – this option would not have been there last year, so I think it's a great thing," he said.
You do not have to drink on Good Friday – but if you want to drink, we're open, we serve drinks and we're here all day.
– Brian Conlon, Slattery's Bar
The 2017 intoxicating liquor ban lifted a 1927 ban on Good Friday drinking.
The move came after years of campaigning from a hotel industry that was upset about the annual revenue stream for Easter
Donall O & # 39; s Keeffe, chief executive of the Licensed Vintners Association, said the decision to open pubs on Good Friday , was long overdue.
"This change is good news, not only for Dublin's pubs but also for our wider hospitality and tourism industry, as people over the Easter weekend they flock to the capital and expect the best of Irish hospitality."
However, resist some religious activists of the legislation who received the support of all parties in Dáil.
Pubs in Northern Ireland are still limited in serving alcohol between 5pm and 11pm.
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