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Thread #97737   Message #1927171
Posted By: GUEST,JTT
05-Jan-07 - 06:05 AM
Thread Name: Are the sessions real in Ireland?
Subject: RE: Folklore: Are the sessions real in Ireland?
True, 'who comes to Ireland and doesn't drink?' - but there are plenty of people who *live* in Ireland who don't drink, and plenty more who drink moderately!

Holiday drinking is a lot of what you see in Ireland. In Temple Bar in Dublin, for instance, it's crawling with shamefully drunk people every weekend, most of them on stag parties from England.

As for 'fake sessions' and 'real sessions' - yes, there are touristy pubs where musicians are hired in to provide the noisy sound that will get the visitors partying; but there are other pubs - in Dublin too! where the music is genuine: Hughes, An Goilin and so on.

(Incidentally, I don't think the drink-drive laws are necessarily going to shut down pubs; some local entrepreneurs will undoubtedly start a minibus service where people can be run home from the pub in batches every hour from 9pm.)