After reading that Ireland was going to ban smoking in pubs, I shot off a quick condolence e-mail to Monica in Galway, pub expert and proud bearer of black lung. Here was her reply:
Girl, what the hell are you talking about!?! No smoking in Irish pubs? Yeah, and I just got elected President of the U.S., move over Georgie Boy! What report were you reading? I have never heard anything about this, granted my social life is not what it was, but I think i would have heard that one! I do remmeber that one pub tried that once here, but it went quickly out of business and the issue has not been raised since...at least to my knowldge!
I do hate to be the bearer of bad news; here's hoping old Mon can keeping puffing away.