Monday 27 March 2017

Eilis O'Hanlon: We didn't need any Arthur's Day to lure us into heavy drinking

Christy Moore: the singer has penned a song critical of Arthur's Day
Christy Moore: the singer has penned a song critical of Arthur's Day

It's that time of year again. The nights are drawing in, the supermarkets are already filling the shelves with Christmas tat – and there's an annual moral panic about Arthur's Day. This year Christy Moore has even released a new single to mark the occasion.

"Diageo, Diageo have mounted a crusade," he sings of the multinational company that owns Ireland's most famous stout. "Creating Arthur's Day, they've suckered us into their charade."

Meanwhile on 'Morning Ireland', Dr Stephen Stewart, a liver specialist from the Royal College of Physicians, was on hand to add his voice to the condemnation, declaring: "People don't need another excuse to drink."

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