Monday 19 March 2018

Friendly push for world record on St Patrick's Day

Edel O'Connell

THE people at Guinness are attempting to set their own world record by making St Patrick's Day the World's Friendliest Day.

The record attempt, which seems as far-fetched as the legend of St Patrick driving the snakes out, will be judged by the number of people who sign up to participate in it, rather than any attempt at civility.

Ahead of the world record attempt, the Guinness Storehouse said it carried out research with more than 1,000 Irish people on the friendliness of the nation to discover why we are considered such an amiable bunch.

The research, conducted by Red C, revealed almost 80pc of respondents believe the people to be the reason Ireland is considered so friendly, while just 12pc ranked the Irish wit, craic and humour to be the key factor.

According to the research, 82pc of people in Ireland show their friendliness with a smile, with six out of 10 smiling at passers-by every day.

Saying 'hello' (78pc) and general chit-chat (60pc) also ranked high as expressions of friendliness, while 9pc chose Ireland's relaxed atmosphere as the reason why the country is considered so friendly.

Paul Carty, managing director at the Guinness Storehouse, said: "Ireland has always had a reputation of being a friendly nation, and this year we would like to make it official with a Guinness World Record and create the warmest welcome on St Patrick's Day to spread the friendliness."

You can take part by showing up at the Guinness Storehouse during the three-day St Patrick's Festival.

Irish Independent

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