A BRILLIANT sign spotted outside a pub in Co Cork has gone viral after coming up with the perfect analogy for the challenges facing the hospitality industry.
Restaurants and bar across the country are under huge pressure not only to maintain social distancing and other safety measures but also survive financially.
Fortunately, some have managed to retain a dark sense of humour in this troubling times.
Passerby Richard Grogan took to Twitter after coming across the sign outside Annie May’s restaurant and bar in Skibbereen, last week.
Sharing a picture of the chalkboard written outside the restaurant, Grogan said the board “sums up the pressure the hospitality sector is under”.
Written in coloured chalk and positioned close to the entrance of the restaurant, the sign reads:
"If you would like to know how it feels to be in the hospitality business during the current crisis, remember when the Titanic was sinking but the band continued to play.
“Well, we're the band."
Annie May’s Restaurant In Skibbereen. The board outside sums up the pressure the hospitality sector is under. pic.twitter.com/C6UTvY3Vp5
— Richard Grogan & Ass (@GroganRichard) July 31, 2020
The post struck a chord with many on social media, amassing some 1,800 likes and hundreds of shares in the days that followed.
“You’re not alone,” one person wrote.
“Hats off to everyone working in the hospitality sector at the moment,” another added.
A third meanwhile praised the humour shown in such difficult circumstances:“What a clever, talented bunch of people you are in Skibbereen!!”
The Irish government is due to decide this week whether to move forward with plans to reopen pubs and other hospitality venues from Monday, August 10.
Here’s hoping for more witty signs for many years to come.