Irish pubs reap rewards of bumper St Patrick's weekend

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Irish pubs across the country celebrated massive profits last week as St Patrick's Day turned into a whole weekend.The day fell on a Friday this...

Irish pubs across the country celebrated massive profits last week as St Patrick's Day turned into a whole weekend.

The day fell on a Friday this year, allowing customers to let their hair down and stay out later without the pressures of work the following day.

The Six Nations rugby match on Saturday between England and Ireland could not have been played on a better day for the pub trade, extending the Irish celebrations for the entire weekend.

Jarlath Winters, a manager at O'Sheas Irish pub in Manchester said: "With the rugby on Saturday it was big business for us all weekend. We were packed both days from open to close and takings were certainly up that weekend."

Tara Cronin, sales manager at Waxy O'Connor's in London said this year's Paddy's Day was the best they've ever had. "It really helped that it fell on a Friday. We were really busy and had a queue outside from three o'clock on Friday until closing time. The rugby meant the celebrations carried on. It was like two Paddies days in one."

Kalem Flanagan, manager at Rosie O'Gradys in Oxford said: "Friday was busier than Saturday but in terms of an average Saturday we were packed because of the rugby. It was a good weekend."

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