A PUB in Donegal is fed up with Covid talk and is penalizing customers if they mention the C word.
If any customer of The Alt Bar in Killea, Co Donegal utters a mention of the virus, they must put two euros in the Covid vial.
The public joked with customers that Covid seemed to be the only conversation for now, and pub goers agreed.
Speaking on Radio One, manager Conor McDevitt said: “No matter what they start talking about, it’s back to the virus.
“So we just thought we would try to give the atmosphere where people are talking about common things.
“It’s strange that people don’t chat about the weather in Ireland anymore.”
140 customers have collected two euros, this goes to a good cause, Donegal Hospice.
Alt Bar has been hit hard with its 8pm closing time limit, but customers are showing their support.
“It’s a charity that’s close to my heart,” McDevitt said. My mom is up there so I know they do a great job.
“There were so many people ringing and donating. It’s not really set up for that. “
The ban encouraged customers to chat about other topics and created a different atmosphere.
He said: “It’s nice to see people chatting about ordinary things like football and the daily events that are going on.
“It’s just trying to bring a change to the atmosphere of the bar, make it more upbeat and give people a place to relax.”
He overheard many conversations about Christmas, work, and family members.
But admits that it is difficult not to mention Covid because “everything is back”.
He explains: “If you talk about where you’ve been – they say this was enforced there.
“So it’s all back. And it’s very inevitable, but we’ve noticed that people put a lot of time and effort into it. They chat about other things, which is good.”
TRENDING COVID JAR
Management shared the news on Facebook feed and set up an online fundraiser for others to join.
They posted: “Due to the large amount of people/businesses who have started their own operations”COVID“jar to raise funds for Donegal hospice. We’ve set this up for them to transfer the money they’ve raised.
“Anyone who thinks this is a great idea and wants to contribute to Donegal Hospice can also use the link below.
“Most of us here in the chapel (Conor, his mother Marie, Chris, his uncle, John, Rachel, her aunt Breda and Oisin, his grandfather Patsy) know. what a great job they do.
“We hope to raise as much as possible right now for a charity! ”
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