I was away for a weekend in Killarney / Tralee ( just past ). In TRALEE their is a pub proporting to be the Cheapest in Ireland - I have to say I agree, as you might. A picture tells a thousand stories:
I was talking last night to a bar worker. He said the cost of a barrel of Guinness to a pub is about €200, you get about 88 Pints from a barrel. €200 divided by 88 = €2.27 per pint - From there do the math. Back in Cork I am paying €4.20 for a guinness and €2.80 for a Ballygowan in my local - €7. In Tralee it was such a pleasure to pay over €5 for a Guinness and a Ballygowan and get back 50 cent change. Can any Traleeonians name the pub please?
Today I was listening to Joe Duffy - a chap came on called Nolan of Nolan's Supermarket in Clontarf. He said - in order to stay in business they have now bypassed the Irish Distributors. They are shipping their product in direct from the UK. He was startled and baffled at the cost differences for these products. The one I can remember - Canderel Sweetener OLD Price €2.80 or so, now 99 cent. Two bottles of washing up liquid for the price of one before. I am sure others who heard the show OR are from Clontarf may quote some more amazing price differences.
Nolan's Supermarket | Clontarf | Rate My Area
"One shopowner tells Joe that he is sourcing products from the UK, because he thinks Irish distributors are charging too much."
1 minute 50 seconds in Richard Nolan of Nolans Supermarket, Clontarf speaks - have a listen. This is about 10mb in size. Comments on Distribution in Ireland please??
I brought up these two cases as they blatently show that the RIP OFFs are being maintained by vested interests STILL. In the case of the pubs could it be the various associations / Brewery Distributors? In the case of the supermarkets could it be the strangle hold of a proflicate middle man / Irish Wholesaler?
Even when selling Guinness at €3 their is still near on €1 margin per pint to that pub. It would seem in the case of my local the margin is near on €2 PER PINT. Their is one thing for sure - that Pub in Tralee IS NOT working at a loss even with those low prices.
I am sure we will have Tralee inhabitants giving varied opinions about this Pub - not for here now. Regardless of what the Pub is like ( very traditional ) THE POINT still remains the LOWER DRINK COSTS in action AND Guinness is Guinness ... the pint was perfectly fine!