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Sunday 21 January 2018

Revealed: Meet Steven Barron, aka Pint Baby, and he's all grown up

'Pint Baby' on Nationwide. Credit: RTE
'Pint Baby' on Nationwide. Credit: RTE
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

The identity of Pint Baby has been revealed.

A clip from an archived episode of RTE's Nationwide became a massive hit on social media at the weekend and turned an oblivious bystander into an overnight sensation.

The Nationwide clip, which was shared by RTE journalist Cian McCormack to Facebook, shows a bar in Ennistymon County Clare, in which a small baby sits at the bar with what appears to be a pint of Guinness in his tiny baby hands.

As the video did the rounds on Facebook, it sparked one of the biggest mysteries of 2017 -just who is Pint Baby?

Now, the question has been answered.

Pint Baby is Kildare man Steven Barron, who is now 20 years old.

Speaking on RTE Radio 1, Steven said he can't believe how much attention the clip has garnered.

He said: "I suppose everyone can relate to it. I'm not the only one who was doing it."

Steven, who wants to be a blacksmith, said that he doesn't mind being called Pint Baby, but would rather be called by his actual name.

"I don't really mind, I'd rather be called Stephen," he said.

His mother Caroline also spoke on the show, saying she doesn't look at the video differently "at all" today.

"I don't look at it differently at all. It was only a drop of Guinness. There's no harm in it."

Caroline noted that "plenty" of people dip a baby's soother into Guiness, even today.

"He's turned out perfectly fine," she said.

"It wasn't an everyday or weekly occurrence. There just so happened to be a camera there."

"The reaction has been very good. I've a great young lad and he's a good young man."

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