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Licensed Wisdom XVIII

a collection of notable licensed trade quotes

“Painkillers” – Alan Sheehan, proprietor of The Tír na nÓg pub in Lille, on being asked by the Irish Independent how he’d got through the madness of the Irish supporters there for the Republic of Ireland vs Italy game in Euro 2016.


“The high excise duties levied against spirits in many European countries, coupled with a burdensome regulatory climate, only serves to reduce the competitiveness of its leading exporting companies.” – Alexander Smith, Editor-in-Chief of the IWSR magazine.


“It’s flying in Dublin Airport.” – John Dillon, Managing Director of Dalcassian Wines & Spirits, of the company’s Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin.


“Now that women have taken with avidity to tobacco and cocktails, one can visualise the most appalling results for the human race at a not far distant date” – A doctor from a Clare Mental Hospital commenting in The Irish Times in 1937 as relayed by the recently-published book Have Ye No Homes To Go To? The History of the Irish Pub by Kevin Martin.

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