Kids in Pubs -- N Ireland and Ireland

Oct 19th, 2014, 07:42 PM
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Kids in Pubs -- N Ireland and Ireland

What are the rules/restrictions for kids in pubs in both Ireland and N Ireland? We will be traveling with 2 boys--ages 8 and 11.

We want to be able to experience some of the culture in these countries and wondering how restricted we are going to be traveling with children. For example, would we be able to do an evening traditional music pub crawl?

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Oct 19th, 2014, 08:04 PM
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We had trouble doing traditional pub crawl in Northern Ireland
It seems they're not that big on traditional Irish music
There was some in dublin but nothing else until we got right round the top and down to Galway
We went in winter and that might've also contributed to the absence of nightlife for tourists

Down south I think it's different and u can join in Singalongs and do a bit of a jig

Re the boys
Can't advise
Didn't see any kids in Dublin at night
We travelled independently so didn't really meet other travellers
Talked more to locals
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Oct 19th, 2014, 08:06 PM
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We hired a car from Dublin airport and stayed first night malehide
We took the train in to visit Dublin that night
Don't take car into Dublin
It's nuts to get around and parking is super expensive


Driving is fine
Narrow roads yes but we had little traffic in winter
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Oct 19th, 2014, 09:27 PM
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in general in Ireland pubs that allow children will have a separate dining room or garden tables. In that case the area is treated like a restaurant.

Children aren't allowed in the bar part of pubs after 9PM (and and many pubs - children just aren't allowed in the bar area at all).

IME - most live music will start 9-ish or later so no, it really wouldn't be possible to do a pub crawl w/ an 8yo.

You'll usually be welcome to eat in a pub, but not late at night in a pub/bar w/ the kids.
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Oct 20th, 2014, 03:16 AM
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We want to be able to experience some of the culture in these countries and wondering how restricted we are going to be traveling with children.

Irish families with children manage to "experience" ALL of the culture on a daily basis.

I think you will be fine.
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Oct 20th, 2014, 03:33 AM
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You're dealing with two completely different jurisdictions, with spectacularly different cultures here.

The law is:
- in the Republic: "if accompanied by a parent/guardian, a child [under 15] may remain on the premises between the hours of 10:30am - 9pm (10pm May to September) (unless the licence holder feels this is injurious to the child's health, safety and welfare)" (http://www.citizensinformation.ie/en...d_the_law.html)

- in Northern Ireland: "Anyone under the age of 18 is not allowed in any bar area of licensed premises or registered clubs.

"However, some places hold a children’s certificate that allows a young person accompanied by an adult to be in the bar area (but not at the bar) in premises up to 9.00 pm... A young person under 18 is allowed to be in...
a sporting club until 10.00 pm"
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Oct 20th, 2014, 07:59 AM
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Thank you!

Flanneruk--you mention "spectacularly different cultures". I know they are different countries with a long history, but I guess I hadn't expected a huge difference in culture. Could you expand on that? What are some of the major differences we might expect? Thank you!!
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