Heavy duty taxes, drink driving laws and changing drinking habits are being blamed for the closure of a fifth of our pubs since 2005.
The Drinks Industry Groups says the current tax regime favours off-licences.
Rural pubs have been the worst hit with Cork losing a quarter of its public houses.
Ollie Hayes, a pub owner in Moneygall in County Offaly said: "People are afraid to drive buts sure look the law has to be abided by.
"The cost of drink and the duty on drink, I mean a lot of people say we're overcharging in the pub, but the amount of duty on a drinking is quite high."