Sunday 20 August 2017

Raise a glass to Pint Baby and toast our Epic sense of humour

The Guinness-swigging infant from 1997 has sparked world-wide debate, writes Victoria Mary Clarke

Epic thirst: Pint baby Stephen Barron tries a drop
Epic thirst: Pint baby Stephen Barron tries a drop

Victoria Mary Clarke

If you have been on another planet recently, you may not have heard of the person known as 'pint baby'. So let me explain.

Last week RTE journalist Cian McCormack discovered some footage of a baby drinking a pint of Guinness, and when he shared the clip on social media people all over the place started sharing it and it got its own hashtag #pintbaby, and when you have your own hashtag that means instant fame.

Cian's baby had been featured as part of an RTE Nationwide programme about the lack of single women in rural Ireland. In the clip, the camera trains in on the baby who is guzzling a pint of Guinness, while the interviewee is offscreen talking about something totally unrelated. Naturally, the baby was tracked down and he is now a grown man called Stephen Barron.

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