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Kerry restaurateur shares stark reality of 'empty' rural pubs 

By Sarah Finnan

September 30, 2020 at 10:24am

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"This is not gonna end well!"

Lamenting the reality of running a business under the current circumstances, Kenmare restaurateur Paul Treyvaud took to Twitter to voice his concerns. The owner of Treyvauds Restaurant down in Co Kerry, the local man said that rural pubs are amongst those that have been hit hardest by Covid-19.

"I’m sorry I don’t have any pictures of gangs of people in pubs here at home in Kenmare to share with you. Because they are all empty. Rural Ireland is f*cked and this isn’t gonna end well!"

A family-run restaurant in the heart of Killarney, the restaurant has quite the international fanbase after Amazon Prime decided to run a show off the back of Paul's YouTube channel - Cooking with Treyvaud. However, as for many other businesses in the area, tourism has been kept to a minimum this year and the local pub scene is nothing compared to what it used to be.

Not a situation isolated to the Kingdom, countless other rural pubs and restaurants around the country have been doing their utmost to survive - with increasingly difficult times yet to come as we head into the winter months.

Header image via Facebook/Treyvaud's

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