Saturday 18 November 2017

'Hopefully it won't stick around for the next 20 years' - Meet Steven Barron, aka Pint Baby

Steven Barron with mum Caroline Photo: Colin O'Riordan
Steven Barron with mum Caroline Photo: Colin O'Riordan
Steven Barron Photo: Colin O'Riordan

Amy Mulvaney and Sasha Brady

The identity of Pint Baby has been revealed as 20-year-old Steven Barron from Kildare.

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.

Speaking to Independent.ie, Steven's mother Caroline said she was notified that the video was doing the rounds again when a friend in America tagged her in it on Facebook.

'Pint Baby' on Nationwide. Credit: RTE
'Pint Baby' on Nationwide. Credit: RTE

"I got tagged in it on Facebook from my friend in America asking if it was me and Steven and sure enough it was. Twenty years later there it is," she said.

"It was a great day. Nationwide was filming and there was great fun going on in the pub. Everyone was there for the novelty of Nationwide being there and we got caught on the camera with Steven having a sup of the Guinness. There wasn't a bother on him sure."

Since the clip went viral, Caroline said their phone hasn't stopped ringing with friends and family getting in contact.

"It's absolutely phenomenal. There are people texting, calling, emailing us. It's just gone off the scale. It's ridiculous. The phone is on fire."

Since Pint Baby became an overnight sensation, Steven said he hopes the nickname doesn't stick around for another 20 years.

"Some of it's been a bit of slagging and messing but most of it is all good. Hopefully Pint Baby won't stick around for the next 20 years."

The identity of Pint Baby has been revealed as 20-year-old Steven Barron from Kildare
The identity of Pint Baby has been revealed as 20-year-old Steven Barron from Kildare

Steven, who hopes to be a blacksmith, said he still enjoys having the odd pint of Guinness, while his mother noted that drinking it all those years ago didn't do him any harm.

"I'd drink a pint of Guinness the odd time now," he said.

"There's nothing to dipping a soother in a pint of Guinness," added Caroline. 

"There's nutrition in the pint of Guinness. It didn't do him any harm. He turned out well.

That could be any child in Ireland, even to this day. There was no harm in it at all."

"I'm just the only one who got caught doing it," joked Steven.

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