Over 48 businesses have closed this month alone.
Almost 200 restaurants, cafes, coffee shops and gastropubs have closed in the past five months.
48 businesses shut their doors for good in this month alone.
In the midlands, Petal Café in Castlepollard was forced to close in August, as well as the Cosy Café in Mountrath.
The Restaurants Association of Ireland has blamed increased costs and reduced consumer demand.
Its CEO Adrian Cummins says he's concerned more businesses could go bust in the coming months: