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PUBLICAN, civil law. A farmer of the public revenue; one who held a lease of some property from the public treasury. Dig. 39, 4, 1, 1; Id. 39, 4, 12, 3; Id. 39, 4, 13.

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A poll for The Publican Food Report 2008 found 75 per cent of pubs blamed the weather for a downturn in trade over the past year, ahead of 68 per cent who said the credit crunch had hit their business.
At the moment, a win for Publican in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle would take out more than pounds 300,000 from the company's ante-post market, representing a loss of pounds 233,000.
The best I have ever had,' was the praise heaped on Publican by trainer Pat Fahy after the gelding bolted home in the opening Saggart Maiden Hurdle.
The publicans are trying to woo customers back by telling us that the atmosphere is now wonderful.
Dozens of angry publicans pulled the plug on Sky Sports when they learned they would have to pay a staggering 22 per cent MORE to screen live matches.
Many pubs today need to hold public events to boost income and failure to address the need for a licence could lead to the publican encountering unexpected financial difficulties.
By ALANA FEARON A RACE fanatic publican has come up with a novel way to celebrate Cheltenham.
P at Fahy's Supreme Novices' Hurdle hope Publican finished behind his Arkle Tro-phy-bound stablemate Mariah Rollins in a mile-and-threequarter gallop after racing at Leopardstown yesterday.
One prominent Carrickmacross publican said: "To arrive and do a spot check at our annual get together is unheard of.
The findings fly in the face of another recent survey, carried out by The Publican, in which publicans said trade would fall by an average of 41 per cent if they banned smoking.
Yesterday, one publican from Bellshill, Lanarkshire, revealed how he was targeted.
VFI president and Carlow publican Gerry Mellett warned the "industry is on its knees" with more than one pub closing every day.