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Revealed: Kildare pubs second most crowded in Ireland

Report finds Kildare has one of lowest number of pubs per head of population in the country

Revealed: Kildare pubs second most crowded in Ireland

Elbows out - there's fewer pubs per head of population in Kildare than in many other counties. File photo via Pixabay

Kildare has the second highest number of people per pub in Ireland.

A new report has revealed where you can get the quietest pint in Ireland – and which county has the most pubs per head of population.

Kildare has 183 drinking establishments, according to the AIB Pub Outlook report released today. However, with the county’s large and booming population, that translates to one pub per 1,261 people. 

That figure is beaten only by Dublin, which has one pub per 1,649 people, with a total of 772 hostelries.

If you want – statistically – the quietest pint in Ireland, you should head to Mayo, which has one pub for every 323 residents.

Laois has 123 pubs in total, or one for every 713 people. Wicklow has 151 pubs in total, which is one for every 934 people and Offaly has 126 pubs, or one for every 126 people.

Today’s report looks at the economic circumstances facing the pub trade in Ireland. 

Tony Morrissey of Morrissey’s, the consultancy which compiled the report, said that there is pent-up demand in the market for pub premises in well-developed urban, suburban and mid-town areas that have a solid footfall throughout the day and that offer food, while also being near offices and with public transport.

However, he added: “If a pub is not turning over €8,000 to €9,000 a week in rural areas, then it’s going to be very difficult for them to survive. The same is true of Dublin, and if a pub is not turning over between €12,000 and €13,000 a week, it’s in trouble.”

Meanwhile, Irish pub goers are becoming more and more choosy about their tipple of choice, with craft beer sales up 47% in 2016, which then accounted for a 3% share, worth €59m, of the beer market. Gin sales increased by 32% domestically in that year.


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