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Virus Risks Making St. Patrick’s Day Dry for Dublin’s Pubs

  • St. Patrick’s Day party cancellation leaves bartenders worried
  • Some call for pubs to be shuttered under #closethepubs
Festival participants take part in the annual Saint Patrick's Day parade in Dublin on March 17, 2019.

Festival participants take part in the annual Saint Patrick's Day parade in Dublin on March 17, 2019.

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Dublin barman David Leavy should be bracing for one of his busiest days of the year. Instead, he’s wondering if anyone will show up.

Leavy works in McDaid’s, a storied city-center pub and a magnet for the Dubliners and tourists who flood into the Irish capital every year for the March 17 St. Patrick’s Day parade. Except this year, the celebrations have been canceled as authorities seek to slow the spread of the coronavirus.