Friday I’m In Love



On the potential removal of the Good Friday alcohol sales ban….

Barbara McCarthy writes:

Is there nothing sacred? Now they want to take away our favourite booze ban. Some of us enjoyed buying in bulk on holy Thursday and getting rip-roaringly drunk on Good Friday afternoon listening to tunes in some garden somewhere.

I think it would be infinitely more pressing and beneficial to lift the nanny state 10pm curfew of booze, which has us all charging to Indian eateries like gnus buying €30 bottles of the worst wine known to humanity.

“We can’t have the Catholic Church controlling everything in this country. We need a secular state.,” blablablabla says the millennial drone.

No we don’t. Just get back to your kale crisps and self indulgent narcissism you dweeb. We need the Catholic Church in order to be Irish – without it we might as well be Danish or Dutch and why would we want to do that?

Has anyone noticed how humourless Irish people have become since the church doesn’t have power over us anymore and we have nothing to rebel against? That plus social media means RIP to our particular brand of wit.

So I’m saying NO to lifting the booze ban. It doesn’t even have anything to do with the church. I like the olden days more than today, so I’d like to hang onto one tradition at least you fumbling fools and I’m not even Catholic.



No We Shouldn’t Lift The Good Friday Ban (Barbara McCarthy)

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45 thoughts on “Friday I’m In Love

    1. AlisonT

      People should be careful what they wish for – You can be sure that if the pub ban goes then the traditional day off will be next. Tomorrow is not a public holiday in Ireland – it is only religious tradition that has most of the population off.

  1. Goosey Lucy

    Well, I noticed how lacking in humour the author is, at any rate.
    I’m not a millennial, I’m mid 30s, and I think it’s pretty pathetic to look forward to getting pissed in someone’s garden all because the Church/ law told you that you couldn’t. You can get pissed in a garden any day of the year- you’re an adult!
    I couldn’t care either way whether the ban is lifted or not- but I do think anybody who buys €30 bottles of wine from a takeaway because they’re seemingly desperate, may need to reexamine their drinking habits.
    Oh, and yeah, I drink. I’m just not 15 anymore.
    Expecting a backlash.
    Happy Easter y’all

    1. Holden MaGroin

      I like this Lucy person. She’s got moxy.
      Yeah that’s right, moxy.
      I wonder if you’ll get the expected backlash. I don’t think you will. It’s Broadsheet after all. We’re all lovely on here.

          1. mildred st. meadowlark

            You’re quite the peach yourself :D

            peach= delightful, juicy and interesting person/fruit (either is excellent)

    2. Sheik Yahbouti

      Couldn’t agree more, Lucy. I, too, am no longer fifteen years old. This is as bad as the “Holly and Iviers” at Christmas.

        1. MoyestWithExcitement

          I’m sure everyone’s noticed your need to deman people at every opportunity as well. Remember ganging up on Johnny Keenan with rotide? That was shameful.

      1. Goosey Lucy

        Moyest, I genuinely wasn’t being smart for the sake of it- I derive no joy/ self- esteem from the Internet. Maybe the entire post is tongue-in-cheek and I have indeed misread the tone, like everyone else here.
        But if not, I still hold to what I said- if you “charge ” to a takeaway on the regular to buy , in your own words, overpriced and awful wine- then you genuinely may have a problem. Unless, of course you enjoy awful, overpriced wine. Then, go ahead!

        1. MoyestWithExcitement

          Relax, it’s not actually important. You *are* looking down your nose at people though and if you do that in public, a sarcy response is in order.

  2. Henry Van Woods

    I’m an Alt-Catholic and I’m not at all bothered by the Good Friday ban.
    Nor am I bothered about the 3 people who die everyday in Ireland from alcohol related illnesses.
    Go ahead, let the condemned have their alcohol on Good Friday.
    Let those who want to moan and complain turn water into whine.

    1. realPolithicks

      By jaysus, they’ll be after the christmas ban next….it’s all part of the war on christmas…or something like that…blah blah….snowflake….mutter mutter…thin end of the wedge

  3. Anomanomanom

    I mean how can I justify buying enough drink to kill any normal person and asking people to come around and start drinking at exactly the time the pub would open. You tell me how, HOW. Bloody government ruin everything.

  4. Iwerzon

    10pm alcohol ban was shnuck in when we weren’t looking about 9 years ago and is the best example of the nanny state controlled by the vintners of course who are the lobby behind the Good Friday Appeasement.

  5. newsjustin

    I’m in two minds.

    The Church(es) are essentially out of this debate, and have been for some time. Enforced abstinence is not abstinence. Good Friday is a day of fasting in the RCC calendar, but that doesn’t require cake shops, butchers or fast-food restaurants to close. Anyone who wants to observe a fast on Good Friday (or any other day) can do so by will power alone.

    On the other hand, I don’t object to a number of enforced closed days for a pub licence. I think the “poor tourists” thing is utter nonsense. And that people who “stock-up” or talk of “stocking-up” are losers. Most people have some drink in their house. But most people can a) plan ahead and b) moderate their drinking so they don’t run out.

    The comparison to France and their fondness for not opening shops on a Sunday is a good one. But because it’s Ireland, alcohol and Good Friday, it gets very heated.

    1. mildred st. meadowlark

      That’s a very good point, newsjustin. For myself, I think it’s silly, and unnecessary too, but I think that about a number of things in this country, and really there are more important things to worry about. Like what Easter egg I’m getting this year.

      And I don’t think we’re ‘there’ yet, as a country. The Dáil prayer (and the current standing for the prayer argument -silly) is another prime example. Change comes slowly to Ireland.

      1. newsjustin

        Keep it simple. Cadbury’s mini-eggs egg. None of your dark chocolate muck.

        Happy Easter Broadsheet!

        1. mildred st. meadowlark

          And to yourself! Enjoy the chocolate. Something we all can agree on.

          For myself, it’s a whole nut egg.

          1. Boj

            I’ve had a walnut whip egg looking at me for 2 weeks now…it’s gonna get it on Eater Sunday Morning…gonna get it gooood!

    2. ahjayzis

      “On the other hand, I don’t object to a number of enforced closed days for a pub licence.”

      I know a few publicans who wouldn’t either, Good Friday was when the ones in my town would buff the floors and all that stuff you can’t really do when it’s a work day.

      But why mandate it? What would 2 or 3 days of no pubs accomplish? What’s the logic behind it? Many pubs don’t open on Mondays anyway.

      1. newsjustin

        Yeah. There’s no great logic to it. I said “I wouldn’t object to it.” And if there’s gonna be a few “closed” days, may as well stick with the legacy ones.

      2. Optimus Grime

        True if we are gonna have a number of enforced closed days we may as well stick with the ones we have.

  6. shitferbrains

    What does “not even Catholic ” mean ? Born one but now not ? Protestant , other ? Because ” give me the child and I will give you the man ” rule still applies as far as I can see.

  7. Murtles

    It appears from all the posts I’ve seen that lifting the Good Friday ban will have an awful impact on our human rights and our personal liberties. We won’t be able to have house parties next year or buy crates of drink on Holy Thursday and it seems it’ll be obligatory to go to the pub now that it’s open whether we drink or not. Poor bar staff will no longer be subject to the Working Time Act as they will be obliged to work on the day. From 2018, it seems we will no longer be Irish adults with our own free will and choice. Is there anything to be said for a petition to Amnesty International….. or another Mass?

  8. Starina

    woah. woah, woah, woah. i was with you about the 10pm ban but you can fupp off with the pro-catholiism segue.

  9. Kenny U-Vox Plank

    Can we swap a Good Friday ban on Alcohol for a one-day ban on Ed Sheeran in Galway. If I see one more picture of the red-faced tubmeister in his GAA shirt singing Galway Girl it will drive me to dhrink.

    He’s like a ugly version of Mick Hucknall.

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