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Staying shut Limerick bar praised for refusing to open its doors because of 'unfair' guidelines

"We feel that it is unfair to do so and will remain closed until we can open for all"


Clohessy's Bar. Photo: Facebook

Clohessy's Bar. Photo: Facebook

Clohessy's Bar. Photo: Facebook

A Limerick bar has been praised on social media for refusing to open its doors because of  “guidelines that only cater for a certain group of society”. 

Clohessy's Bar said they will remain closed until they can "open for all” in posts on social media.

They state: "We at Clohessy's Bar Limerick regret to say that we will not be opening in line with the current guidelines that only cater for a certain group of society.

"We feel that it is unfair to do so and will remain closed until we can open for all."

Under new legislation on indoor dining signed into law by President Michael D Higgins yesterday, only people who are fully vaccinated, those who have recovered from Covid-19 and their children can eat and drink indoors.

An app is also being currently developed to allow pubs and restaurants to check customers' Digital Covid Certs.

The stance taken by Clohessy's Bar generated numerous messages of support with one person replying, “Give these boys more business than ever once open”.

Another added: “You guys are incredible. Thank you for standing up for our basic human rights as we once knew them. I hope more businesses with integrity such as yourselves follow suit.”

One other person has written: “Fantastic…would love to see lots more establishments following suit. As the government said from the beginning of this pandemic we are all in this together . Fair play to the owners and staff.”


Yesterday we highlighted how a well-known Cork pub was applauded for putting their staff first by not reopening their doors to the public until they are all vaccinated.

The award-winning drinks and food spot, The Bulman in Kinsale, said that even though indoor drinking and dining gets the go-ahead, they’ll wait until all their team are protected.

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"It looks like very soon we will have the option to open inside to fully vaccinated people," they said on Twitter.

“While our hard-working and brilliant young workforce remain unvaccinated, we at the Bulman have decided to remain as an outdoor dining and drinks venue until further notice."

One person responded: “Doubt whether an employer who describes their staff as "hard working and brilliant" would have made such a decision without consultation. Sounds like a wonderful and caring employer to me Thumbs up. I look forward to visiting the next time I make it to glorious Kinsale!”

Another added: “Well done for many reasons. No apartheid there and a nice way to do it. Will make a trip to support you regardless of the weather. Well done.”

One other response stated: “Good call for this place. Social distancing would probably be too much of a challenge here. Every place has to do what’s right for them.

"Other places have lots of indoor space but can’t accommodate outdoor dining. So Bulmen on warm days and other indoor places when raining.”

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