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People are getting nostalgic because this could be the last ever Holy Thursday off licence rush

The long goodbye.

USUALLY, THE NIGHT of Holy Thursday is dominated by one thing: the manic rush for the off licence before 10pm because it’s closed on Good Friday.

The queues are always out the door:

queue Source: Rónán Duffy

But this year is a little different – because it could well be the last ever Holy Thursday offie rush we’ll see in Ireland.

A bill has been tabled in the Seanad to allow alcohol to be sold on Good Friday from next year on.

And people are very aware that this could well be the last ever example of a very Irish tradition

“Alcohol laws might be about to change. This Holy Thursday could be the last one like this in Ireland”

We’ll never see their likes again*

*if the bill goes through

The majority of the country might not miss the law itself, but there’s something about that rush on Holy Thursday in a packed shop that just sets you up nicely for the weekend.

It could be the last time we’ll have this worry

And the regular sights that go with a trip to the shop on Holy Thursday

And think of the tourists too – no more bemused faces when they’re told everywhere is closed.

Drink in the sights tonight – it could be our last panicked Holy Thursday Ireland will ever see

Let’s wait and see on next year.

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