The Irish Pub is at the centre of our communities in Ireland. A social meeting place for happy, sad and all occasions, the pub in many small towns is the epicentre of activity and social goings on. In times gone by, often a grocery or hardware store would double as a pub. Customers in town to fetch provisions would tend to take a pint of Guinness or a small whiskey to revive flagging spirits.
54% of respondents to the survey carried out by the ‘Support Your Local‘ campaign, whose aim it is to cut excise tax on alcoholic drinks, cited the pub as a factor that most influenced their decision to visit. (source: The Irish Independent)
They also found that culture and heritage was still the most popular reason people come to Ireland; 57% of tourists surveyed said that culture and heritage were the main reasons to visit Ireland.
For those who cannot visit Ireland or for Irish Diaspora around the world, the Irish Pub Abroad is an important portal to Ireland. At the Irish Pub Company we pride ourselves on being the ultimate ambassadors of Ireland’s exports and we export Irish heritage and culture to all corners of the world.
Authentic Irish pubs keep an important connection from Ireland and its people to the rest of the world. Irish Pubs & Bars are satellites of Irishness, gathering venues, which in any location around the world attract a broad spectrum of customers, exposing them to a taste of Ireland and for a moment “bringing them all back home”.
Donal Ballance, Ballance Hospitality discusses the opportunity that Irish Pubs offer for Ireland Inc.
“The majority of North Americans have their first experience of Irish culture by way of the Irish Pub in their town or city. They quickly and easily engage with the sense of community, friendship and conviviality they find there because it’s so different to the average cookie-cutter bar and restaurant environment. As a result, the contemporary Irish Pub in North America is a very important portal to Ireland and to Irish culture.
It’s a fact that many people are and will continue to be inspired to visit Ireland by the microcosm of Irish life they find in contemporary Irish Pubs. I strongly believe the many thousands of pubs who are out there doing a great job in the US and Canada have been a neglected opportunity for Ireland Inc.” Donal Ballance, Ballance Hospitaility.
Authentic, design-led Irish pubs bring home to the Irish diaspora while making visitors feel at home.