Pubs facing closure due to TBESS exclusion

Hundreds of rural pubs face the threat of closure this winter over their exclusion from the Government’s Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme (TBESS), because the premises are not connected to the natural gas pipeline. According to the Vintners’ Federation of Ireland (VFI) pubs that use kerosene and LPG gas to heat their premises should be […]

Christmas Pub Opening Times 2022

It’s that time of year again when everyone wants to know the correct opening times for pubs in Ireland over the festive period. Here is a convenient poster detailing all the relevant opening and closing times for Christmas 2022:  

Irish Pub of Year Awards 2022

Gleesons of Booterstown, Co. Dublin is celebrating after being named National Pub of the Year at the Irish Pub Awards 2022. The Dublin pub was crowned national champion from a field of 61 regional winners at a Gala Awards Ceremony in The Mansion House, Dublin. The Irish Pub Awards are jointly presented by Vintners Federation […]

Energy supports welcome but tough year ahead, says VFI

The Vintners’ Federation of Ireland (VFI) has welcomed the introduction of a Business Energy Support Scheme, stating that the survival of many pubs is conditional on the successful and timely implementation of the scheme. While the scheme will bring some relief to publicans the overall prospects for the trade remain depressed as costs continue to […]

VFI Pub calls for ‘urgent and substantive’ energy supports

More than four in ten Irish adults plan fewer visits to hospitality venues for the remainder of 2022, due to cost of living pressures, new research shows. The data has prompted Vintners’ Federation of Ireland CEO, Paul Clancy, to call for urgent and substantive energy supports for the pub trade in Budget 2023. He says […]

VFI call for AIB to reverse ‘cashless’ branches decision

The Vintners’ Federation of Ireland (VFI) is calling on AIB to reverse its decision to convert 70 of its outlets to cashless branches, saying the move will have a substantial negative impact on its members across the country. While many businesses primarily conduct their trade through card transactions, a significant element of VFI members’ trade […]

VFI Bar Manager Degree Apprenticeship launched

The first ever apprenticeship to train a new generation of bar managers is being launched to tackle Ireland’s crippling shortage of hospitality staff. The three-year degree course, backed by State and employer funding, is being officially unveiled in Limerick. The Vintners’ Federation of Ireland (VFI) and Griffith College, with the support of Solas, the state […]

VFI and LVA launch Irish Pub Awards 2022

The Irish Pub Awards 2022 were launched today, Tuesday 3rd May 2022, at Lemon & Duke, Duke Lane, Dublin 2.  The Irish Pubs Awards are jointly presented by Licenced Vintners Association (LVA) and Vintners’ Federation Ireland (VFI). Pubs are now free to enter up to nine categories with judging set to take place over the […]

Pubs as Community Hubs pilot scheme launched

The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, today launched ‘Pubs as Community Hubs’ – a new initiative designed to support rural pubs and communities. The initiative, which is being rolled out on a pilot basis, will see financial supports provided to publicans in rural areas to diversify their facilities for community use. […]

VFI launch Bar Manager Degree Apprenticeship

The VFI, in partnership with Griffith College, is launching a Bar Manager Degree Apprenticeship for bar staff who wish to take their career in the pub trade to the next level. The apprenticeship is designed to allow students gain their degree over three years. The programme aims to develop confident and effective bar managers who […]

After 22 months publicans express huge relief to be fully reopen – VFI

The announcement that all hospitality restrictions will be removed from tomorrow (Saturday) has been greeted with a huge amount of relief and expectation by publicans and their staff across the country, says the Vintners’ Federation of Ireland (VFI). After a nightmare 22 months of lockdowns, closures, partial shutdowns and restricted trading, pubs can from tomorrow […]

Ready to fully reopen – VFI

Reacting to Thursday night’s news (20th January 2022) that NPHET is not opposed to the removal of most restrictions, VFI Chief Executive Padraig Cribben says: “After almost two years of lockdowns and closures our members are ready to fully open from Friday. There’s no need to wait any longer, all restrictions should be removed this weekend. […]