A new survey in the Republic of Ireland has found that one in eight of the country’s pubs, over 1,100, have closed since 2005. The survey by the Irish Independent, said the closures were due to the recession, rural depopulation, and lifestyle changes. The newspaper said that records it had obtained from the country’s Revenue Commissioner showed that the country had 8,617 pubs in 2005, but this number had fallen by 1,108 to 7,509 this month. It found that the region of Leitrim had lost almost 20% of its pubs during the six years, while Donegal had seen 71 close and 221 shut across Cork.

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