During the 18th century it also became illegal to be married in a pub.
Unlike their British counterparts, Irish pubs are usually named after the current or previous owner or the street they are located on.
The vast majority of pubs in Ireland are independently owned and licensed, or owned by a chain that does not have any brewery involvement, generally meaning that nearly every pub sells a similar but extensive range of products.
Following the introduction of smoking bans in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland (in April 2007), many pubs offer enclosed and often heated outdoor smoking areas.
Their widespread appeal has led to the Irish pub theme spreading around the world.
Irish pubs have existed for roughly a millennium, with the title "oldest pub in Ireland" held by Sean's Bar in Athlone, County Westmeath which was established in the 10th century.