6th February 2013

Researchers from an English university will spend a year studying the Irish pub. The study is funded by the Vintners Federation of Ireland, which is worried by the closure of 1,100 pubs in the past five years, many in rural communities.

The team, led by Dr Ignazio Cabras, the real ale-loving son of an Italian vineyard owner, wants to explore the role village pubs play in local communities and find ways of halting their decline.

Dr Cabras (34), a lecturer in economics, business and management at York University’s Management School, has already spent six years conducting similar research on the state of English country inns.

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