Cork suffered the largest drop in such licences issued, dropping to 856 last September from 873 the previous September.
However Dublin City & County saw an increase in the number of licenses issued, rising seven from 752 to 759. Kildare, too, saw licenses issued rising by four to 169.
Other counties such as Laois, Offaly and Wicklow also saw a slight rise in licenses issued last September.
Over this period the number of off-licences issued rose from 3,453 to 3,497.
The number of Special Restaurant Licences issued also rose from 514 to 526 and the number of wholesalers licenses rose 4% to 591 from 567.