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Guinness-fueled ‘holiday’ troubles many in Ireland
Associated Press ^ | Sep 26, 2013 9:58 AM EDT | Shawn Pogatchnik

Posted on 09/26/2013 9:15:39 AM PDT by Olog-hai

Ireland’s love affair with pub and pint is sparking national soul-searching as never before because of an unofficial holiday dreamed up by Guinness.

Thursday’s celebrations of Arthur’s Day, honoring the 18th-century founder of Ireland’s quintessential drink, feature surprise musical performances in 815 pubs and clubs across Ireland as well as concerts worldwide from Malaysia to Jamaica. … Many pubs are offering free pints of the dark brown stout at 5:59 p.m.—a reference to the founding of Guinness in 1759 …

But this year, Guinness has been put on the defensive amid surging protests that Arthur’s Day is compounding an alcoholic culture that costs Ireland €3.7 billion ($5 billion) annually in hung-over workers, a Europe-leading rate of liver disease, late-night vandalism and violence in hospital emergency rooms. “They shouldn’t call it Arthur’s Day. They should call it Vomit Day,” said Aisling Fitzsimons, a 50-year-old manager of a convenience store who says she has to hose down the sidewalk outside most weekends. …

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Food; Health/Medicine; Society
KEYWORDS: arthursday; freebooze; guinness; ireland; vomit

1 posted on 09/26/2013 9:15:39 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Liberals make me vomit.


2 posted on 09/26/2013 9:20:55 AM PDT by donmeaker (Youth is wasted on the young.)
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To: Olog-hai

Vomit Day would be Friday.


3 posted on 09/26/2013 9:25:47 AM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: Olog-hai
Ninety-nine bottles of Stout on the wall, ninety-nine bottles of Stout....
4 posted on 09/26/2013 9:26:22 AM PDT by Huskrrrr
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5 posted on 09/26/2013 9:26:58 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Olog-hai

I believe Family Guy demonstrated this as scientific fact.

http://video.adultswim.com/family-guy/irish-history.html


6 posted on 09/26/2013 9:44:04 AM PDT by Boiler Plate ("Why be difficult, when with just a little more work, you can be impossible" Mom)
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To: dfwgator

Cinco de Mayo in the US was a holiday dreamed up by Corona. I went to Mexico for Cinco De Mayo. Know what I found? Teachers marching their students through the town.


7 posted on 09/26/2013 9:46:21 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Make today a great day. Insult a liberal.)
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To: Olog-hai

My Irish ancestors were missing work with hangovers long before the marketing department at Guinness came up with this holiday.


8 posted on 09/26/2013 9:51:32 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Tanniker Smith
Vomit Day would be Friday.

The alcohol content in Guinness is insufficient to cause vomiting.

9 posted on 09/26/2013 9:53:34 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (The Tea Party was the earthquake, and Chick Fil A the tsunami...100's of aftershocks to come.)
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To: Olog-hai

Guiness Stout is proof that God loves us but expects us to take responsibility for our actions.


10 posted on 09/26/2013 9:55:44 AM PDT by jimmygrace
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To: Olog-hai

Dropkick Murphys - Irish Drinking Song

Well I stumbled in at two am all drunk and fulla smoke
My wife said I have had enough Thats it I’m sick get out
So I stumbled down to Kelly’s Pub, across the edge of town
An I told the boys me story and we had another round

Chorus
We’ll drink an drink an drink an drink
an drink an drink an fight
We’ll drink an drink an drink an drink
an drink an drink an fight
And if i see a pretty girl I’ll sleep with
her tonight
Yes, We’ll drink an drink an drink an drink
an drink an drink an fight

And Mary MacGraegor , well she was a pretty whore
She’d always greet you with a smile and never locked her door
But on the day she died all the men in town did weep
For Mary MacGraegor finally got some sleep

Chorus

Well I once loved a girl, a child I’m told
I gave her my heart and she gave me a cold
So now I sit standin here out in the pourin rain
I’ll stumble back to Kelly’s Pub and cry away me pain

I’ll drink an drink an drink an drink
an drink an drink an Fight
We’ll drink an drink an drink an drink
an drink an drink an fight
And if i see a pretty girl
I’ll sleep with her tonight
an I’ll drink an drink an drink an drink
an drink an drink an Fiiiiiiiiiiight


11 posted on 09/26/2013 10:00:26 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Olog-hai

Obligatory Shane McGowan of The Pogues pic.

12 posted on 09/26/2013 10:03:19 AM PDT by dfwgator
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13 posted on 09/26/2013 10:04:20 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: EQAndyBuzz
Cinco de Mayo in the US was a holiday dreamed up by Corona

No it wasn't, it was Hellmann's........

14 posted on 09/26/2013 10:08:23 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Ms. Muffett suffered from arachnophobia)
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To: Olog-hai

Oh no...lets call Bono so he can save Vomit Day....

Oh...wait....he hates Ireland...

It must be really bad if you gotta hose down barf in your shop


15 posted on 09/26/2013 10:08:31 AM PDT by SeminoleCounty (Unemployment is so high...its getting harder for Obama to job people anymore)
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To: dfwgator

I don’t have the patience to type this into my smartphone so I’m using the voice text function and singing to the microphone...see what happens

I was taking a freaking walk by the freakin reservoir wishin for a freakin quid to make a freakin score my head it was a aching and my throat was parched and dry and so I sent a little prayer a wingin to the sky

And there came a freakin Falcon and he walked up on the waves I said a freaking miracle and sang a couple staves of a freakin churchy ballad I learned when I was young the freakin bird took to the air and spattered me with dung

I fell down up on my knees and bowed my freakin head and said 3 freakin Aves for all the freakin dead I raised my head to see the bird wouldn’t you know it then
the freakin bird burst into flame and spattered me again

Now I know why I’m a freakin miracle I have a freakin sign for everytime I wash my hair the water turns to wine and I gives it free to workin blokes to brighten up their lives so they don’t kick it no dogs around nor beat up on their wives

Everywhere I go I’m a curious sight to see they crucified the Son of God but they don’t muck with me for I don’t mess with blind men the dying and the dead but everyday at 4 o’clock I wash my freakin head


16 posted on 09/26/2013 10:14:57 AM PDT by Anton.Rutter
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17 posted on 09/26/2013 11:17:15 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (The Tea Party was the earthquake, and Chick Fil A the tsunami...100's of aftershocks to come.)
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To: Olog-hai

Missed the tour of the Guinness Brewery when in Dublin four years ago. Still had a great time. Has a glass of Guinness in an Irish pub. Funny thing...tasted like beer.


18 posted on 09/26/2013 11:44:17 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: Olog-hai

God invested whiskey to keep the Irish from conquering the world.


19 posted on 09/26/2013 2:50:03 PM PDT by Idaho_Cowboy (Ride for the Brand. Joshua 24:15)
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