WATERFORD has lost 47 rural pubs in the last 14 years, a study has found.
The Drinks Industry Group of Ireland (Digi) says this represents a decline of more than 18 per cent in the county since 2005.
It says the figure is a stark reminder of the pub’s continued decline in rural Ireland.
In the period between 2005 and 2018, 1,535 or nearly 20% of rural pubs closed,
Digi’s analysis of Revenue figures show the rural pub population declined by almost a quarter in Mayo (-21% or 98 pubs), Tipperary (-22.5% or 118 pubs) and Cork (-25.6% or 313 pubs) down from 1221 to 908 in same period, 2005 to 2018.
In contrast, Dublin has experienced a net loss of only 10 pubs since 2005, a 1% decrease.
The next lowest declines in pub numbers were in Wicklow (-1.9%), Meath (-2.4%) and Kildare (-9.9%).