A pint of bitter: publicans prepare for reopening with exhaustion, regret – and hope

Pub owners feel their sector has been singled out and abandoned by Covid restrictions, which have seen them closed for the longest lockdown in Europe – so finally reopening is both a relief and a source of huge anxiety

25th July, 2021
A pint of bitter: publicans prepare for reopening with exhaustion, regret – and hope
David Chawke, owner of the Bank Pub on College Green: angry at how the industry has been treated. Picture: Fergal Phillips

Legacy is on David Chawke’s mind.

The legacy he is leaving for his industry. The legacy he is leaving for his children and the legacy of his grandfather, whom he believes he is failing to honour.

The eldest son of Charlie Chawke, arguably Ireland’s most famous publican, David Chawke runs the Bank Pub on College Green. His grandfather was also a publican who traded farming for bar-keeping in 1959.

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