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Wednesday 24 January 2018

From Neary's pub up to Lillie's Bordello: how we got Twitter

John Reynolds

A PUB crawl and a gala dinner at the Guinness Storehouse at which pints of the black stuff were flowing last year are thought to have played a key part in the efforts to attract Twitter to open a Dublin office.

YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley, Bebo founder Michael Birch and Skype founder Niklas Zennstrom joined Twitter founder Jack Dorsey on a tour of various city centre hostelries last October that took in Neary's on Chatham Street and O'Neill's on nearby Suffolk Street. Mr Dorsey also enjoyed a visit to VIP venue Lillie's Bordello during his stay in the capital.

The technology tycoons also enjoyed visits to the old Jameson whiskey distillery in Smithfield and the Guinness Storehouse and Gravity bar, where Mr Birch tried his hand at pulling a pint.

IDA chief Barry O'Leary gave a keynote speech at the dinner -- which the agency sponsored -- and this was followed by a crucial opportunity to talk and network with the technology multimillionaires for about an hour.

A complimentary tweet by Mr Dorsey afterwards said: "There is a definite entrepreneurial desire and a lot of creativity in Ireland," and was seen as a ringing endorsement of the hospitality provided by the IDA and organisers of the Dublin Web Summit Founders event.

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