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"Onwards And Upwards" For Hospitality After First Weekend Of No Restrictions

Midlands towns were bustling, but quieter scenes were reported in more rural areas.

It's onwards and upwards for the hospitality industry, according to a midlands publican.

Restaurant- and pub-goers returned in numbers over the weekend, following the lifting of most covid restrictions on Saturday morning.

Liam Gilleren from Gilleran's Bar in Mullingar says there was a tremendous sense of relief in the town - although he does expect it will take some time for everyone to re-adapt to a normal way of life:

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There were reports of quieter scenes in more rural areas.

Ger Hough from JJ Hough's Singing Pub in Banagher says the short notice of the announcement caught many off guard:

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