In Limerick, the magistrates have set an example for their colleagues across the country by refusing to grant new licences for public houses. The decision stems from the belief that there are already an excessive number of establishments in the country’s villages. Their actions have been praised by Judge Adams, who shares the strong opinion against “stuffing the country” with public houses.
In several towns in Limerick and other counties, the abundance of public houses has led to a bleak landscape of dismal, squalid-looking establishments acting as sources of temptation and unsightly views for self-respecting Irishmen. The magistrates’ decision sets a precedent for addressing this issue and aims to prevent further spread of this problem.
By taking this stance, the Limerick magistrates are initiating a movement against further proliferation of public houses, seeking the support and approval of the entire country. This action demonstrates a commitment to mitigating the negative impact of the excessive presence of such establishments on both society and the local landscape.
Northants Evening Telegraph – Monday 06 January 1902