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Visitors to Ireland often ask about pubs, and are there restrictions when travelling with children.
The answer is yes, there are restrictions.
Children under the age of 15 cannot enter a bar of a licensed premises if they are not with a parent or guardian.
Children aged 15 and over, but under 18, are allowed in the bar of a licensed premises unaccompanied.
Unaccompanied children aged 15 to 17 and accompanied children under 15 may remain in the bar of a licensed premises between the hours of 10:30am (12:30pm on a Sunday) and 9:00pm.
From 1 May to 30 September each year the until time changes to 10:00pm.
However, unaccompanied children aged from 15 to 17 and accompanied children under 15 may stay in the bar of the premises after 9:00pm (and after 10:00pm during the period from 1 May to 30 September each year) if they are attending a private function at which a substantial meal is served. A Substantial meal consitutes a sit down main meal of one or more courses
Where the licence-holder feels that a child's presence in the bar could reasonably be regarded as harmful to a child's health, safety or welfare, then such a child is not allowed in the bar of that licensed premises, even if accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Where a licensed premises is a dedicated off-licence, a person under the age of 18 is not allowed to enter or remain on that premises without being accompanied by a parent or gaurdian.
There are further allowances made for the children of the proprietor.