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With the arrival of increased competition in the retail sector, many pubs lost the retail end of their business and concentrated solely on the licensed trade.
Many pubs in Ireland still resemble grocer's shops of the mid nineteenth century, with the bar counter and rear shelving taking up the majority of the space in the main bar area, apparently leaving little room for customers.
It is the oldest law related to pubs in Ireland that is still in effect.
During the 18th century it also became illegal to be married in a pub.
It was not until 1635 that the government required pubs to be licensed.
In 1735 the Drink on Credit to Servants Act was enacted stating that any publican who sold a drink on credit to servants, labourers or other low-wage earners had no right to seek help from the law in recovering that debt.
Unlike their British counterparts, Irish pubs are usually named after the current or previous owner or the street they are located on.
Elaborate exterior decoration is rare, but was typified by The Irish House on Wood Quay in Dublin, which was surrounded in 1870 by coloured friezes of nationalist heroes, and with iconic traditional themes such as round towers. Irish pubs traditionally did not sell food as dining out was not a major part of Irish culture.
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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.
Pubs in Northern Ireland are largely identical to their counterparts in the Republic except for the aforementioned lack of spirit grocers.