Experiences vary wildly as indoor dining reopens

Michael Carey at The Ramble Inn, Mitchelstown, with visitors from New Jersey, l-r: Neil, Kaitlin, Kate, Anne-Marie, and Gerry Murphy. (Picture: Marian Roche)

Pubs and bars have been open, in a limited capacity, to indoor diners since Monday, and feedback is ranging wildly from proprietors on how the guidelines are serving the cause – or not.

The Avondhu visited The Ramble Inn and The Clongibbon House on Wednesday lunchtime to see how the indoor dining was going, and the difficulties facing proprietors and business owners is evident.

In the Clongibbon House, trade was brisk, with groups of families and twosomes enjoying lunch. Brenda Tagney was on hand to oversee affairs, and told The Avondhu how things were going.

“This building has been ventilated for 30 years, so we’ve no problems that way. It’s fine, all the tables are two metres apart and to be fair, everyone knows the story at this stage so there’s been no problems with vaccine passports or anything.”

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