This is the Most Critical Point for Nightlife in Irish History

Words: Izzy Copestake
Photography: Isabel Farrington

Nightlife in Ireland has had it rough, particularly since the pandemic. Broken promises over licensing laws, widespread closures and changing behaviour has strangled the nighttime economy. The circle of conversation is tiring, but it’s cliche for a reason. Ireland’s nightlife is under severe pressure. Yet the talent and desire for change in Ireland is refusing to be ignored. What’s more is, a change in legislation 20 years in the making, provides a genuine opportunity for change that we can’t afford to miss. So as part of our Nightlife series, we’re intent on breaking down the challenges faced by the nighttime economy in no uncertain terms and speaking to experts on how we can remedy the situation.