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Trying times for the industry: Belfast’s historic Crown bar

Trying times for the industry: Belfast’s historic Crown bar

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

Trying times for the industry: Belfast’s historic Crown bar

The Irish pub is one of the most famous, and international, institutions on the globe. Anywhere I've travelled in recent decades there has always been an Irish pub to be found (even if it's only an imitation Irish pub, it honours the original).

Irish pubs have a deserved reputation for ambience, conversation and, usually, a decent pint, and an entire Dublin quarter - Temple Bar - is dedicated to the tourist in search of the experience.

But now any would-be visitor, or anyone just researching knowledge of Irish pubs, will find the most common thread is 'closed'. The Brazen Head: closed. Durty Nelly's, Co Clare: closed. John B Keane's, Listowel: closed. Davy Byrne's of James Joyce memory: closed.