Friday 24 November 2017

Haiti's Irish Village

When Cork publican Conor De Barra decided to open Haiti's first Irish pub his friends thought he was mad.

His bar, the Irish Embassy in Port-au-Prince, is now packing them in. It is believed to be the only pub in the country serving draught beer. It costs $8 a pint.

"Already we are doing a good business, and not only among the Irish and expatriates," said Conor. "There are a large number of Haitians coming in as well."

Conor and his partner Enda O Coinnin did not stop at starting an Irish pub. The pub is surrounded by a complex known as the "Irish Village". It includes clothes shops, a jewellers, a shoe shop and a restaurant serving Irish food.

Behind the bar, as he served me a pint, Mick Denton from Enniscorthy said: "I never thought I'd end up here. It is sometimes difficult living here, but it has been an enjoyable experience."

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