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Why are Irish pubs closing?

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Pubs in Ireland are closing. Over 1,500 have shut since 2001, the Licensed Vintners Association and the Vintners' Federation of Ireland say. Ireland correspondent Mark Simpson reports from Athy in County Kildare, and finds out whether the best craic could still be found.

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