Forget the Guinness publicity shots, drinks giant Diageo doesn't need us
OTHER countries do state dinners and 21-gun salutes but it often seems that no visit to Ireland by a foreign leader is complete without a visit to a pub and a pint of Guinness.
We all know the pictures of grinning presidents, monarchs and prime ministers holding up a pint of the black stuff and then gulping it back. Even the 85-year-old Queen Elizabeth was offered an early morning pint during her visit to Ireland last year – an offer that, like most non-problem drinkers, she felt it was too early to accept.
All these photo opportunities convey a simple message that nothing is more Irish than Guinness.