Rural pub closures throughout Ireland have continued, with Cavan and Monaghan both seeing sharp declines.
In the period between 2005 and 2018, Monaghan lost almost a quarter (23.1%) of its pubs, with 28 pubs shutting down.
In Cavan, 34 pubs shut their doors, which represents a 15.4% decrease.
Ireland has the second-highest alcohol excise tax in the EU, which is being blamed for the downturn.
But while there has been a 20% (19.6%) decrease in the number of pubs outside of Dublin, only 1% (1.3%) of Dublin pubs have been hit by closures.
Padraig Cribben, CEO at Vintners’ Federation of Ireland, said the government was “slapping regulations and red tape on pubs” and that a “Dublin-centric” government was ignoring rural Ireland.