Martin Gibbons, chairman of the Donegal Vintner's Federation and manager at the Glencar Inn. Photo Brian McDaid.
Publicans in Letterkenny and Ballyshannon have reported that they are "slightly busier" this evening than on a normal Friday as the the lifting of the ban on selling alcohol on Good Friday kicks in.
Publicans we spoke to a short time ago suggested that it would not be until later on this evening before they could give a truly accurate comment on how business was because for many people today was a working day and it is from 6pm on that they are seeing an increase in trade.
Martin Gibbons, manager of the Glencar Inn, Letterkenny, said that while the afternoon had been quiet, the evening was "slightly busier" than a normal Friday evening.
Martin, who is chairman of the Donegal Vintner's Federation, said he was aware of only one pub in the county which had remained closed today. "My information at the moment is that just one pub opted to stay closed, if there are others, I'm not aware of them. My sense of today is that in many of the tourist areas of the county, places like Downings, Dunfanaghy and Bundoran, they will be very busy this evening and tonight.
"Right now all I can say is that we have a good trade here at The Glencar Inn on a Friday evening in general, and this evening it is slightly busier than a normal Friday evening."
Asked had there been any negative comment in relation to pubs opening he replied "none".
He added: "It's still early enough, I'd like to wait until tomorrow to reflect on the overall picture. It looks like it will be busy, but nothing out of the ordinary either."
A "good Good Friday" for Ballyshannon pub
Maurice McLaughlin of Sean Ogs in Ballyshannon (pictured above at A Darkness Into Light event in Belleek)
In Ballyshannon Maurice McLaughlin of Sean Ogs Bar told the Democrat his pub was "going well". He added: "It's been a good Good Friday so far, is how I'd put it, and I think it won't be until later on tonight that we will really be able to give a clearer picture on trade. You have to bear in mind that for an awful lot of people today was a 'working day'. it's not a Bank Holiday, although some are off, but there are many others who did their regular days work and it's only in the evening time that they may opt to go to their local pub."