There are a few dark days on the calendar each year where the pubs close and we're not allowed to get our hands on any booze, but this year there may be one less.

The bemused and confused faces of tourists every Good Friday as they try desperately to get in to a pub somewhere in the land may be a thing of the past as the Licensed Vintners Association and the Vintners Federation of Ireland met with the Justice Minister today to see about a possible change in the law.

Minister Frances Fitzgerald met with representatives who described the encounter as 'very positive' regarding the issue of staying open this year for Good Friday, and that they would be hopeful that they would get a positive response from the Minister 'in due course'.

This year, in particular, they argued that there would be a large number of tourists in town on that weekend to see Leinster take on Bath, and that it would "be a huge boon to the tourist sector and the economy as a whole". Looking further ahead to next year's 1916 commemorations, they added it would be even more important to make sure that the pubs and bars were able to serve customers on Good Friday.

They stated that "it would be ludicrous if the hospitality sector was essentially closed on such an important date while other retailers were free to trade normally", so you can cancel your plans for that house party you were going to have, and stop stockpiling booze in to your old abandoned bomb shelter out the back...maybe.

Via Newstalk