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Getting Ready for Arthurs Day
24-SEP-2009

Getting Ready for Arthur's Day

September 24th marked the 250th anniversary of the signing of the lease for the St James' Gate Brewery in Dublin
where Guinness is brewed. The Black Stuff, as it's commonly known, has become synonymous with Ireland although there are stouts brewed here such as Murphy's or Beamish.
Guinness has been celebrated in literature, with Dickens mentioning it as long ago as 1836, although one of the most famous references comes from Flann O'Brian, an Irish man, naturally, who wrote: 'When food is scare and your larder bare / And no rashers grease your pan / When hunger grows as your meals are rare / – A pint of plain is your only man
. . .
The Guinness family who first brewed the famous concoction ,said to be so good for one's health that even pregnant women are encouraged to drink a glass 'for the iron', have any connection with the product which bears their name.
Guinness is now owned by drinks giant Diageo and marketed throughout the world.

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Neal Nye01-Oct-2009 11:20
It's a wonderful thing. I'm glad they market it worldwide so I can buy it here.
Ali Majdfar01-Oct-2009 11:16
Great capture, ~V
Dave Hein01-Oct-2009 06:08
It's about all I ever drink anymore. Would love to get some of the real stuff over there sometime!
Valene01-Oct-2009 03:41
Nice image and story! V
LynnH01-Oct-2009 01:32
Interesting story! I had no idea that Guiness was so old. Thanks for sharing!
laine30-Sep-2009 20:42
He was toasted here too so i am told :)
Cheers, Arthur !!!!!!
Al Chesworth30-Sep-2009 20:14
Can't stand the stuff, not only that it's supposed to be poured from a wooden barrel.
Nice picture though.
Kevin Chester30-Sep-2009 19:54
Well thats enough to keep me going, what are you drinking :-)
Keith O'Brien30-Sep-2009 19:46
Damn, missed that party, but pleased to read uncle Flann's poem ;-)
Stewart Mitchell30-Sep-2009 19:39
Cheers Arthur!! Great sustenance portrayed here Mairead ;)
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