The Drinks Industry Group of Ireland has launched the Support Your Local campaign for 2016, which seeks to highlight the significant economic contribution that the drinks and hospitality industry makes to communities across Ireland.
To coincide with the launch of Support Your Local 2016, new research by DCU economist Tony Foley has detailed hospitality sector employment in each Dail Constituency. His research has revealed that there are 373 pubs, 40 licensed hotels, 76 licensed restaurants, and 112 off-licences providing employment in Mayo.
Tony Foley said: “The national economic impact of the drinks industry and wider hospitality sector is substantial. Of note is the fact that the drinks industry and wider hospitality sector makes a significant contribution to the economic life of towns and villages outside of urban centres. This is supported by the vast network of pubs, restaurants, hotels, and independent off-licences which have a presence in every constituency across Ireland. One key driver for growth in the drinks industry is craft – with a huge increase in the number of breweries and distilleries opening across Ireland in recent years.”
The Support Your Local campaign was launched in 2014 and will run in 2016 for the third year. All members of that group – including suppliers, pubs, restaurants, hotels, and independent off-licences - are asking people to recognise the massive contribution that the industry makes to local communities all over Ireland, and are calling on everyone to ‘Support Your Local’.