Saturday 18 November 2017

'It's been a normal day,' says Irishman in Guam

Tourists enjoying themselves along the Tumon beach on the island of Guam in the Pacific. Photo: Reuters
Tourists enjoying themselves along the Tumon beach on the island of Guam in the Pacific. Photo: Reuters

Cillian Sherlock

An Irishman in Guam has said that locals are "very relaxed" about the North Korean missile threat to the island.

Sean Hale said life on the island has been mellow and relaxed since the threats.

"With the local Guamanians, everyone is living their day-to-day jobs. We are a very relaxed and mellow people," said Mr Hale (37), general manager of Shamrock's Gastropub in Guam, who was born to Irish parents on the island.

He said: "I do consider myself a local but, if people do ask, I always say I'm Irish and proud.

"I love my heritage. I'm a very proud Irishman."

North Korea has spelled out its plan to launch a volley of ballistic missiles towards Guam, but Mr Hale said: "It's pretty much been a normal day. There is a lot of media attention and stuff going around on Facebook around the North Korea threat, but as far as I'm concerned no one is threatened."

Mr Hale, who has relatives in Cork, said he has been in Guam for 37 years and his family arrived in 1962.

"Some people may be overreacting [to the North Korea threat]," he said. "Of course, it's a big thing and a big threat. We take it to heart when it comes to anyone threatening the island but I have full faith in the military," he added.

"We have a great military here and they have done us right. There have been no problems. We have a great defence system here."

Irish Independent

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