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From top: Dog-friendly Oscar’s, Smithfield, Dublin 7; Doggie Date Night at Doyle’s Corner, Phibsboro, Dublin 7

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Recent repeal of Irish law has lead to an emerging market for Dublin businesses.

John Donlon writes:

Sitting in a trendy bar in Dublin’s northside, Tippi is young, fair-haired and catches more than her fair share of approving glances.

Having been given a complimentary drink and food by the bar staff, she’s feeling fairly gregarious and happy to be here.

While she’s not a party animal, there are a fair few watering holes between Smithfield, Stoneybatter and Phibsboro where she knows she’ll always be welcome.

This wasn’t always the case and until relatively recently, she would have been shown the door and told where to go in no uncertain terms.

That’s because Tippi is a 3 year old Bichon-Pomeranian mix and a patron of the many now dog-friendly pubs and cafes on the city’s northside.

Where the default in the past would have been ‘no dogs’ (except guide dogs), premises in the capital are increasingly taking the ‘lead’ from the custom on the continent and allowing our furry friends.

Tippi’s ‘dog mother’ and bar manager at Doyle’s Corner bar in Phibsboro, Ciara Kellagher told us about that establishment’s recent ‘Doggy Date Night’ promotion and their dog-friendly policy.

Ciara says:

“It was a promotion we did to get a lot of traction on social media, every Wednesday night, you and your partner, friend, whatever, could come in for a two-course meal, a bottle of wine for €40 and you could also bring your dog with you, who also got a doggy beer too.”

With pet ownership steadily increasing from already-high levels, in Ireland, it’s little wonder that a number of establishments are sniffing around this emerging market.

While the promotion was a success in and of itself, garnering Doyle’s some always-appreciated pup-licity online, the real motivation behind it was to get the word out about the new management’s pro-canine position.

Ciara adds:

“The main thing was kinda to make people aware that we’re a dog-friendly bar, that was the main thing. We did kinda stop it after a while because the word got out there that we were dog-friendly anyways and we didn’t need to push the promotion because people were coming in with their dogs anyways’.”

Doyle’s has the benefit of being structured so that they can provide both a dog-friendly and dog-free area depending on your preference.

Ciara adds

“It was not dog-friendly before we took over the bar, but when we took over we made the decision because the bar is split into two halves, our snug bar is dog-friendly but if you don’t like dogs you have the option of sitting in the lounge bar’.”

Given that the presence of dogs in almost any business in Ireland is a relatively new phenomenon, the public seems to have taken to the change fairly rapidly.

The reaction, says Ciara, has been…

 “…mostly positive, we’ve only had one complaint from a woman who was allergic to dogs, but we did tell her that if you had made us aware, we could have told you that you can sit on the other side.”

Ciara cites the recent repeal of a 1950s law in Ireland which has paved the way for publicans to decide whether or not they want to allow domestic animals on their premises.

She says:

“It was only very recently that the law in Ireland was changed to allow dogs in premises that serve food. I think Dublin’s only now starting to pick up on the trend of that, and more and more there’s more bars and cafes allowing dogs.”

Just down the road, in paws-itively cool Smithfield, Oscar’s bar and cafe share the enthusiasm for our furry friends, though in their case they have found a different way to balance their customers preferences.

Leo Ward of Oscar’s, he relates how they’ve taken to the dog-friendly boom in their own way.

He says:

“It’s a cafe bar, but it would also work as a restaurant. We are perfectly accepting of dogs on the outside, the smoking area. On the inside we wouldn’t really take many in.

It’s more of a case if you go there on a Saturday during the day it’s brunch, it’s kind of a restaurant vibe. There’s a lot more food going, so it’s a health and safety thing.”

The common theme across various venues is that this is seen as a fun, friendly but overall lucrative walk in the park for Dublin pubs. He outlines the amount of leash this idea has been given.

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‘Saol an Mhadra Bháin’.

(‘The Secret World of Working Dogs’)

A two-part bilingual documentary series on TG4 which tells the stories of people “whose lives are dramatically changed and improved by their newly established partnerships with their Working Dog”.

Deirdre Ní Choistín writes

This unique and heart-warming series brings us into the homes and lives of those living with serious health challenges as we capture how these amazing animals transform their lives.

Over two episodes, Saol an Mhadra Bháin reveals the unique bond between human and dog and shows the difference working dogs can make for those living with visual impairment, autism, diabetes, epilepsy, severe scoliosis and muscular dystrophy…

Take that, cats.

‘Saol an Mhadra Bháin’ on Wednesday  November 27 and December  4 at 21:30 on TG4.

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Merrion Street, Dublin 2.

Susan McCarthy writes:

The Mont Hotel, previously Mont Clare hotel is coming to the end of a 10-month transformation and has sought the help of a 4-legged candidate to be on lobby pawtrol when the hotel opens its doors.

Introducing our Guest Relations Pawfficer; Monty (above)

After hours of tough negotiations with Urska Radanovic (top), The Mont hotel manager, it was agreed that Monty’s remuneration consists of at least 1000 rubs per week and daily treats.

She is now busy pupparing for the opening of The Mont making sure the final details are pawfect….

Arf.

The Mont

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This afternoon.

Fingal Council HQ.

Dog owners and their pets demonstrating in opposition to the newly-adopted, punitive dog ‘off the leash‘ bye-law (4.7) by Fingal County Council which restricts ‘no Lead activity’ to designated, fenced-in areas and specific times (in smaller parks).

Previously: If Dogs Run Free

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Fingal Dog Owners Group (Fingal D.O.G) hold a protest march last Month through Malahide village in opposition to the dog ‘off-leash’ bye-law  by Fingal County Council which restricts off-leash activity to to designated fenced-in areas and specific times (in smaller parks).

This evening.

A public meeting to discuss a dog off-leash by-law is to be held in Fingal County Council.

All 40 Fingal County Councillors will attend the meeting later.

They are to discuss with the residents and dog owners the adoption of the controversial by-law, which was introduced last June.

There is growing public demand to reverse the by-law as it prohibits people from walking their dogs off their leads between 11am and one hour before dusk in some public parks

Sign petition here

Controversy over dog off-leash by-law in Fingal (RTÉ)

Previously: Where We Go One We Go All

Rollingnews

GYM+COFFEE’s Karl Swaine (above left) and Diarmuid McSweeny (right) with guide dog ambassador Oscar (centre) launching  a new range of dog hoodies at their store in Dundrum town centre. The hoodies (top) are €25 with 10% of each sale going to the Irish Guide Dogs

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Lia Stokes writes:

The latest launch by Irish lifestyle brand GYM+COFFEE is the perfect gift to treat your fur-avourite companion this Valentine’s Day, and all for a great cause.

The iconic GYM+COFFEE hoodies are now available in doggie form with proceeds from each sale going to Irish Guide Dogs (available from the GYM+COFFEE re-tail store at Dundrum Town Centre or online)

The soft fleece material and hood and will keep them cosy, while the secret pocket in the back is perfect for stashing all the doggy essentials – bones and treats.

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GYM+COFFEE

Irish-made Valentine’s stuff to broadsheet@broadsheet.ie marked ‘Irish-Made Valentine’s stuff’. No fee.









Saturday.

Malahide, County Dublin

Members of the Fingal Dog Owners Group (Fingal D.O.G) held a protest march through Malahide village in opposition to the newly adopted dog ‘off-leash’ bye-law (4.7) by Fingal County Council (F.C.C) which restricts off-leash activity to designated fenced-in areas and specific times (in smaller parks).

FIGHT!

Dog owners in Fingal protest over new rules in public parks (Irish Times)

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