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Glass of cheer Dublin punters 'so glad to be back' as they hit reopened pubs for early pints 

Seven nights of 12 hour shifts is hard, but it’s great to be able to relax again with colleagues and just chat and have a few drinks’

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Happy customers Shauna Brennan and Kerrie Murphy, enjoy their first drinks outside Slatterys pub on Capel Street. Picture; Gerry Mooney

Happy customers Shauna Brennan and Kerrie Murphy, enjoy their first drinks outside Slatterys pub on Capel Street. Picture; Gerry Mooney

Owner Hugh Hourican at the landmark Boars Head pub on Capel Street Picture; Gerry Mooney

Owner Hugh Hourican at the landmark Boars Head pub on Capel Street Picture; Gerry Mooney

All set for reopening day at The Boar's Head on Capel Street Picture: Gerry Mooney

All set for reopening day at The Boar's Head on Capel Street Picture: Gerry Mooney

Owner Sinead Conlon serves the first drinks to Conor Potts, Louise Gowran, Lisa Brannigan and Kate Daly outside Slatterys pub on Capel street . Picture; Gerry Mooney

Owner Sinead Conlon serves the first drinks to Conor Potts, Louise Gowran, Lisa Brannigan and Kate Daly outside Slatterys pub on Capel street . Picture; Gerry Mooney

Owner Sinead Conlon prepares the first drinks for customers Slatterys pub on Capel street. Picture; Gerry Mooney

Owner Sinead Conlon prepares the first drinks for customers Slatterys pub on Capel street. Picture; Gerry Mooney

Punters Shauna Brennan, Kerrie Murphy, Lara Doherty, Paul Johnston and Eanna Lynskey outside Slatterys pub on Capel street. Picture; Gerry Mooney

Punters Shauna Brennan, Kerrie Murphy, Lara Doherty, Paul Johnston and Eanna Lynskey outside Slatterys pub on Capel street. Picture; Gerry Mooney

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Happy customers Shauna Brennan and Kerrie Murphy, enjoy their first drinks outside Slatterys pub on Capel Street. Picture; Gerry Mooney

They say the early bird gets the worm, but for the nurses of Dublin it was early pints in early houses after a week of night shifts that were well deserved on the first day of the pubs opening after lockdown.

At 8.59am they arrived at Slattery’s on Capel Street to unwind on what is technically their Friday night, and they were rearing to celebrate in the sunshine.

“Seven nights of 12 hour shifts is hard, but it’s great to be able to relax again with colleagues and just chat and have a few drinks.

"So we’re delighted to be back here, and don’t mind that it’s outside for the moment because the weather is good,” said Louise Gowran, who was with her workmates Lisa Brannigan, Kate Daly, and Conor Potts from St James's Hospital.

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Owner Sinead Conlon serves the first drinks to Conor Potts, Louise Gowran, Lisa Brannigan and Kate Daly outside Slatterys pub on Capel street . Picture; Gerry Mooney

Owner Sinead Conlon serves the first drinks to Conor Potts, Louise Gowran, Lisa Brannigan and Kate Daly outside Slatterys pub on Capel street . Picture; Gerry Mooney

Owner Sinead Conlon serves the first drinks to Conor Potts, Louise Gowran, Lisa Brannigan and Kate Daly outside Slatterys pub on Capel street . Picture; Gerry Mooney

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Brian Conlon owner of Slatterys pub on Capel Street prepares to reopen. Picture; Gerry Mooney

Brian Conlon owner of Slatterys pub on Capel Street prepares to reopen. Picture; Gerry Mooney

Brian Conlon owner of Slatterys pub on Capel Street prepares to reopen. Picture; Gerry Mooney

“Before lockdown this would be where we came, and during all the restrictions we would just go our separate ways after a week of shifts, which is not what we like to do. It’s much nicer to unwind together,” she added.

At the next table were a team from another Dublin hospital, who also make Slattery’s a regular haunt.

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Punters Shauna Brennan, Kerrie Murphy, Lara Doherty, Paul Johnston and Eanna Lynskey outside Slatterys pub on Capel street. Picture; Gerry Mooney

Punters Shauna Brennan, Kerrie Murphy, Lara Doherty, Paul Johnston and Eanna Lynskey outside Slatterys pub on Capel street. Picture; Gerry Mooney

Punters Shauna Brennan, Kerrie Murphy, Lara Doherty, Paul Johnston and Eanna Lynskey outside Slatterys pub on Capel street. Picture; Gerry Mooney

“We’ve missed it badly, and we’re so glad to be back. Today is really the start of our bank holiday after seven nights of 12 hour shifts in a row. It’s great to let off a bit of steam,” said Paul Johnston.

“It’s great to have an outlet again, and not just be heading home. It’s fantastic to see the pubs opening again,” said Eanna Lynskey.

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Owner Sinead Conlon prepares the first drinks for customers Slatterys pub on Capel street. Picture; Gerry Mooney

Owner Sinead Conlon prepares the first drinks for customers Slatterys pub on Capel street. Picture; Gerry Mooney

Owner Sinead Conlon prepares the first drinks for customers Slatterys pub on Capel street. Picture; Gerry Mooney

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Getting the outdoor tables ready for a big day Picture: Gerry Mooney

Getting the outdoor tables ready for a big day Picture: Gerry Mooney

Getting the outdoor tables ready for a big day Picture: Gerry Mooney

Slattery’s owner Brian Conlon had spent the early morning laying out his tables and chairs at the pub in anticipation.

“A lot of work has gone into this and it’s great to be back. We were doing trial-runs yesterday and we’re looking forward to meeting our regulars this morning,” he said.

“We have space for 60 people outside and it is a perfect day to open,” he added.

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Brian Conlon owner of Slatterys pub on Capel street prepares to reopen. Picture; Gerry Mooney

Brian Conlon owner of Slatterys pub on Capel street prepares to reopen. Picture; Gerry Mooney

Brian Conlon owner of Slatterys pub on Capel street prepares to reopen. Picture; Gerry Mooney

For Hugh Hourican further up Capel Street it was a great day for his pub, the Boar’s Head, after 165 days being closed.

“It was emotional closing the bar at three o'clock on Christmas Eve. We didn’t know when we’d be open again. Some thought it would be a few weeks, some said it would be after St Patrick’s Day. And here we are on June 7,” he said.

“We’re delighted to be open again, even though we’ll only be able to serve 25 to 30 people, and working at about 25pc capacity at best. It’s still great to be opening the door to the pub this morning.”

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All set for reopening day at The Boar's Head on Capel Street Picture: Gerry Mooney

All set for reopening day at The Boar's Head on Capel Street Picture: Gerry Mooney

All set for reopening day at The Boar's Head on Capel Street Picture: Gerry Mooney

“The last couple of months have been particularly hard but I got a taste of what retirement might be like.

"Publicans are used to late nights and early mornings seven days a week, so the change was hard to get used to,” he added.

“I’ve had calls from regular customers and they are all saying they are looking forward to meeting up with other regulars and friends here after 16 months. It will be great to see the city getting back to some normality,” he added.

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