Arthur’s Day – Nora Smith

7 Oct

            Arthur Guinness and his creation of Guinness ale proves to be a large part of the Irish culture, it seems only fitting to have a national holiday commemorating his creation thus Arthur’s day was created in 2009. I had the pleasure of experiencing this Irish holiday recently and it was a blast. The entire city comes alive to celebrate this infamous Irish drink, musicians perform throughout the city and everyone drinks a celebratory pint.


            Arthur Guinness lived from 1725-1803 he was a businessman and entrepreneur. He became involved in the brewing business when his godfather left him 100 pounds in his will and he invested it in a brewing at Lexlip. It was here that he developed the widely popular Guinness drink. Long after he passed away Guinness and Co established the Guinness fund in 2009. This was a charity fun with its aim to “enable and empower individuals with skills and opportunities to deliver a measured benefit to their communities”. This charity has donated more then 7 million pounds since it’s creation. Guinness Day was first created as a charity event to promote the 250th anniversary of the Guinness brewing company. It is celebrated in cities all over the world such as Dublin, Kuala, Lumpur, Lagos, and NYC.


            There have been many criticisms of this Irish Holiday as it is somewhat unconventional. Many people say that this event’s emphasis is more on marketing the drink rather then appreciating the true sense of nostalgia and history that comes with the drink. Irish doctors also noted that during this night ambulance calls have increased by 30% and most of the calls being alcohol related. The Irish times even described this holiday as a “master class in how to fabricate a national holiday”.


            Overall my experience with Arthur’s day was pleasurable. I think this holiday demonstrates the nightlife aspect of Irish culture very well. I was able to grab a pint with some friends and celebrate our time in Ireland. 


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