Haiti's Irish Village
Published 02/12/2012 | 06:00
When Cork publican Conor De Barra decided to open Haiti's first Irish pub his friends thought he was mad.
His bar, the Irish Embassy in Port-au-Prince, is now packing them in. It is believed to be the only pub in the country serving draught beer. It costs $8 a pint.
"Already we are doing a good business, and not only among the Irish and expatriates," said Conor. "There are a large number of Haitians coming in as well."
Conor and his partner Enda O Coinnin did not stop at starting an Irish pub. The pub is surrounded by a complex known as the "Irish Village". It includes clothes shops, a jewellers, a shoe shop and a restaurant serving Irish food.
Behind the bar, as he served me a pint, Mick Denton from Enniscorthy said: "I never thought I'd end up here. It is sometimes difficult living here, but it has been an enjoyable experience."