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Tá mé ar meisce

I watched the decline of the Irish pub when I was there.

When I arrived in the Republic, people were going out -- going mad, yes, and it was probably not representative of the "real Ireland," because people had so much unaccustomed money, back then (in 2001.)

But, still, during the time that I was there, there was a precipitous drop in the numbers of people going out for a drink, and even though I've never been one for crowds myself it seems like there was something a bit sad about it.