This weekend is Easter and today is Good Friday, the start of a 4 day weekend for a lot of people in Ireland and coming just a week after St Patrick’s Day it’s going to be a special weekend in Ireland. I alluded to it in an earlier post so I won’t dwell on it too much but this weekend is being used by Ireland to commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Easter rising. A noble move but alas it’s being held on the wrong weekend as Easter in 1916 was on April 23/24th and not in March.
Anyway the reason for today’s post headline is something that a lot of people outside if Ireland don’t know. Today, Good Friday, marks one of only 2 days that pubs and bars across the Republic of Ireland are closed, Christmas Day being the other. A law dating back to 1927 is the reason and it used to also include St Patrick’s Day. Can you imagine Ireland celebrating its national holiday with every bar closed. Luckily someone seen sense in 1960 and decided to remove St Patrick’s Day from the list and bars now open on March 17th, be it with Sunday hours.
The law has been up for discussion and change a few times recently but each time the Minister in charge has shied away from making the change. Why I wonder, afraid they might be smitten down by the Holy church, or just a bunch of cowardly idiots who have no idea how to run a creche never mind a country. I nail my colours to the mast on this one, let the people choose whether they want to or not want to and to hell with people enforcing their opinions on others. Oh and a note of caution, thst message rings true on everything. Live and let live and be an adult about your choices and decisions. If you are religious and want to abide by rules of no alcohol or meat on Good Friday, well good for you, that’s your personal decision, it’s not mine so please don’t force government to keep outdated laws. I am in the USA and could go to a bar and have a pint if I wanted to, but I don’t want to just like most days. Allow people choose.
There is precedent for allowing pubs to open as in 2010 a judge allowed pubs in Limerick to open for a rugby match. If you are a bona fide traveler you can get a drink in airport bars, train station bars and in hotels. Back when I worked on the railway in the mid 80’s Good Friday was one of our busiest days for day trippers and the bars on the train and in the stations were packed. You only have to have a ticket with a minimum distance of 40km travel to be allowed have a drink. So that just shows the law as it stands is a complete mess. Time for Ireland to move into this century, remove old religious based laws from the statute books and move forward as an equal adult society where people are free to make their own choices. Less of the nanny state please Ireland. And yes I know we were one of the first countries to legalize same sex marriages, but that was by constitutional referendum and a lit if so called educated people were against it due to religious beliefs, see Georgia, Indiana and North Carolina aren’t the only ones with bigots wanting laws to enfringe on people’s freedoms, Ireland has them too.
Finally I would like to wish all my friends on both sides of the Atlantic and around the globe a very Happy Easter. Have fun, eat chocolate, remember friends and most of all enjoy the weekend.