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Diageo, the legendary company behind Guinness, has officially cancelled its sponsorship of London Irish Rugby Club over their choice to sign former Ulster and Ireland out-half Paddy Jackson.

We all remember the rugby star after the infamous and harrowing Belfast rape trial of last year, where he was acquitted. Three other men who had been charged in relation to the incident were also acquitted.

Stuart Olding and Jackson both had their contacts cancelled in the wake of the trial, after their Whatsapp messages showed vile, misogynistic language about women involved in allegedly consensual sex acts with them.

Seeing as London Irish markets themselves as a family club, we're not surprised fans were angry when a man who discusses 'spit roasts' and says phrases like, "Any sluts get f*cked?" was signed on to play for them.


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In a statement to The Irish Times, Diageo said: “We have met with the club to express our concerns. Their recent decision is not consistent with our values and so we have ended our sponsorship.”

Diageo had recently said that it had "serious concerns" regarding Jackson's signing, but failed to reference the sponsorship deal, which has been in place for 27 years.

Another London Irish sponsor, Cash Converters, terminated its relationship with the club. On Twitter, the company said; “As a company, we are committed to the highest possible standards when it comes to our investments in any sponsorships and collaborations.

"As a result of a detailed and thorough review of our support for London Irish, we have decided to discontinue our association with the club.”


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Last night, London Irish said its management is “understandably disappointed that Diageo has chosen not to renew its sponsorship agreement with the club, and particularly the manner in which the company has chosen to do so”.

“The club has always respected the right for everyone to have an opinion, and their right to express that opinion,” the statement said.

“London Irish has been open and honest with all of its sponsors, including offering to meet Diageo’s senior management in Dublin in May, 2019. This offer was not taken up.”


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The management also said the club would move on “without the support of Diageo, who have chosen to stand down after a nearly 30-year association with the club”.

“It is regretful that this relationship has ended in the manner that it has,” the statement said. Declan Kidney, head coach at London Irish and former Ireland coach, signed Paddy Jackson and defended the decision last year;

“We are fully aware that there was a court case that Paddy was involved in but that has  been  dealt  with. What  has gone on in the past had gone on in the past and we are just trying to move on to the future."

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Hollywood legend Hugh Jackman has officially landed in Dublin, and has already had a pint of the famous black stuff in an unknown pub.

The star is set to perform three incredible concerts this week in the 3Arena on his The Man. The Music. The Show. world tour, which has garnered rave reviews worldwide.

Jackman absolutely delighted his fans and passengers at Dublin Airport when The Greatest Showman made an appearance, cheering him as he entered the country.


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Thr 50-year-old dropped by a pub for a pint of Guinness, and we don't blame him for not waiting another minute before necking down a pint of black stuff.

"Waited fifty years for this one," he wrote to his Instagram, captioning a video which has now racked up almost 1.5 million views. 

The Wolverine and Logan actor posted an image earlier to his social media pages showing himself working out in the gym before his flight to Ireland. The man never takes a day off…

Jackman will perform two evening shows this week and a matinee show on Friday, with a very special guest joining him onstage during the sold-out Irish shows.


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Fellow The Greatest Showman alumni, Keala Settle, will make an appearance with the hugely popular actor, according to his latest Facebook post.

The American actress and singer is known for her role as Lettie Lutz, the bearded woman, in the hit movie.

Her performance of the Oscar-nominated song This Is Me can give anyone goosebumps with it's empowering message.

The much-anticipated 92-date world tour contains hit tunes from Les Miserables, The Boy from Oz and The Greatest Showman, and is sure to be unforgettable. Much like his first pint of Dublin Guinness.

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Easter is almost upon us and you know what that means –  indulging in delicious Easter Eggs.

And now we have amazing news – you can now treat yourself to a mouth-watering Baileys or Guinness Egg.

Luxury or what?

Lovers of Baileys, the iconic Irish cream liquor, have a choice of two stunning creations – the Baileys Salted Caramel Egg and the Baileys Coffee Egg.

The Baileys Salted Caramel Egg (275g) combines a silky, milk chocolate shell speckled with crunchy salted caramel pieces throughout.

Yes, it sounds divine. 

This melt in the mouth egg is presented with six irresistible gold-shimmer chocolates; a crisp milk chocolate exterior filled with an oozing salted caramel centre.

The Baileys Coffee Egg (285g) is ideal for coffee-lovers with its blend of rich roast coffee, chocolate and of course, a touch of Baileys.

This egg is the perfect gift for a chocoholic who enjoys a Baileys coffee.

Any Guinness fans out there?

Then we have the perfect treat for you this Easter Sunday.

The egg balances the creamy notes of Guinness and the sumptuous chocolate – it also comes with eight mini dark and white chocolates with a Guinness flavoured centre, in the iconic Guinness pint shape.

These Easter Eggs are a great gift for Bialeys and Guinnes fans.

The Baileys Salted Caramel Egg (275g) and the Baileys Coffee Egg (285g) and hand-decorated, luxury Guinness Easter Egg are all priced at €13 and are available from selected Tesco, Dunnes, Supervalu, Spar, Eurospar, Londis and Mace stores.

Try a quirkier Easter Egg this Easter.



Ah, St Patricks Day – the one day a year being raucously drunk is a national right of passage. 

If you're felling particularly patriotic, you may want to indulge in a creamy pint of Guinness for the day that's in it, but with Dublin pubs charging through the nose for the traditional beverage, the hunt to award the accolade for the cheapest pint of Guinness began.  

The Sweatershop made it their mission to uncovered the cheapest and most expensive pubs in Dublin for St. Patricks Day:


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The Snug, situated on Stephen’s Street Upper, has been hailed as the cheapest pint of Guiness in Dublin – and fair play to them for keeping their price under the four quid mark. 

The cheapest pubs in Dublin


The Snug Bar                   €3.70

The Portobello               €4.00

The Auld Triangle          €4.00

Downey's (Cabra)         €4.00

The Lark Inn                    €4.10

Dicey Reillys Bar             €4.20

The Yacht Public House €4.20

Kavanagh's (Stoneybatter)        €4.20

The Bridge Tavern                         €4.20

The Clock                          €4.20


The most expensive spots to pull a pint of the black shtuff have also been surveyed.

Unsurprisingly, the top five most expensive pints can be found in tourist mecca Temple Bar. 

The priciest pint comes in at almost seven quid, double the cost of the cheapest pint.


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The most expensive pubs in Dublin:


The Temple Bar – €6.90

The Vathouse Bar of Temple Bar- €6.80

Oliver St. John Gogarty  – €6.50

Fitzsimons Temple Bar   – €6.50

Auld Dubliner – €6.50

Café en Seine – €6.30

The Church – €6.15

Buskers Bar – €6.00

The Quays Bar & Restaurant – €5.90

The Jar  – €5.90


Shawn Mendes will take to the 3Arena stage tonight, but not before he enjoys a bit of the Dublin nightlife.

The singer posted a photo of him drinking pints with his crew last night and simply captioned it, "When in Dublin…"

The lads look like they had great banter in the pub they were in, as they all held up their pints of Guinness to smile for the picture.


When in Dublin…

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Shawn will play to a sold out crowd for one night only tonight, however the 3Arena has warned fans to arrive early to the concert.

The arena shared information on its Facebook page last night, saying that there will be "strict security procedures at the venue."

"Due to these security checks it will understandably take longer for customers to gain entry into the venue," it said in a post.

"Please expect to queue for over an hour to get into the venue. We will do our utmost to get everyone into the venue before 8.30pm however please arrive as close to 6.30 as possible."

Don't miss out, ladies!


Ah, lads. If you just love making your way through a lovely pint of Guinness then we have a bit of bad news for you.

Apparently, Brexit could effect the pricing of our beloved stout as prices are set to rise due to the UK's departure from Europe.

But, how? We asked ourselves the same thing. It turns out that the booze makes quite a few trips around the country before it's actually sent on to bars and pubs.

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According to The Guardian, cans of the good shtuff cross the Irish boarder twice before being shipped to their various destinations.

It's first made in St James's Gate brewery in Dublin, and then it's pumped into tankers and driven to east Belfast.

When it hits Belfast, it's then canned, and sent back to Dublin Port for distribution.

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A spokesperson for Guinness and Diageo confirmed that a harder boarder cross could cause delays for more than an hour per Guinness truck, which would end up costing around €100 per vehicle.

Add that up and the travel implications due to Brexit could cost the company around €1.3m additional costs a year.



Saint Patrick's Day is just around the corner, and many Irish folk are gearing up to enjoy a tipple or two on the day. 

Our mighty Irish beverage, Guinness, has decided to ring in the occasion with a doughnut dedicated to the day. 

In the pursuit of the perfect pint pairing, Guinness teamed up with Aungier Danger, one of Dublin's leading doughnut delis, to create a pastry to compliment a pint of the black stuff. 

The dark cocoa donut, filled with Belgian chocolate mousse and accented with a drizzle of black currant compote, was created to team effortlessly with the black beverage.

It sounds completely delicious to be honest. 

The doughnut will only be available at the Guinness Storehouse on March 17 as part of the Guinness Storehouse 2017 St. Patrick’s Festival.

Along with the doughnuts, the storehouse will be playing host to a number of entertainers, while sports fans can drop in to watch the RBS 6 Nations clash between Ireland and England on Paddy's Day. 

The storehouse is open from 9am to 7pm, so we'll see you in the queue. 


A few years ago, we only knew Black Friday from TV shows and movies, but in the past number of years, Irish retailers have hopped on the mega-sale bandwagon and brought Black Friday to our towns and cities.

And now, it's even come to our pubs.


Dunnes pub in Carrick-On-Shannon is giving away pints of Guinness for €1 next Friday, November 25.

But, you'll have to be in early, as the offer ends come 7pm.

Black Friday mixed with the black stuff? What more could you want?!


Queen Bey might have wanted Champagne on hand at Croker last night, but it seems what the megastar really needed to kick off the Irish leg of her Formation world tour was a pint of the black stuff.

A new photo has appeared online of Beyoncé enjoying a pint of Guinness shortly before her Dublin performance last night.

Wearing the same white dress she’d worn to watch Serena Williams win her 22nd Grand Slam title hours before, the Sorry singer posed with a pint while showing the camera her foamy Guinness tash.


Naturally the image has everyone pretty excited on Twitter with one user writing: “Beyoncé drinking Guinness is pure joy.”

While another said: “Beyoncé drinking Guinness backstage is #WeekendGoals.”

75,000 fans were treated to a major performance by the star last night as she paid tribute to Prince, revealed behind-the-scenes footage of her family life with Jay Z and Blue Ivy and even appeared to walk on water. 

Since her pre-show fuel was a pint of Ireland's most iconic beverage, we're not surprised Sasha Fierce totally smashed it.


Ah, Paddy's Day. The most Irish day of them all. And where would we be in Ireland without all the craic?

Sure, most of the fun of Paddy's Day is meeting up with your friends and going for a few drinks.

But if you don't want to face the herds in town, stay at home and have some fun with these Guinness jelly shots.

The combo of Bailey's, Guinness, coffee and chocolate kinda makes these shots seem too good to be true – but sure, we'll give everything a go.

Here's the recipe if you fancy it. Now go and be merry. Happy St. Patrick's Day! 


Tonight, U2 play the first of their four sold-out concerts in Dublin's 3Arena. And what did the lads do to prepare themselves for the gig? 

They went out for a pint of Guinness, of course!

The lads spent a few hours in Peter's Pub on South William Street, and surprisingly, went pretty much unnoticed until they posted a photo onto their Twitter account. 

They captioned the snap of the four pints, "The boys are back in town," which made fans even more excited about tonight's gig. 

And as for who the photographer was? Many fans are claiming it's Bono as they're trying to take close-ups of the shared photo. 

Either way, it's a brilliant idea to let their fans know the boys are back on home turf. 


Well, this is exciting! Just when we thought Guinness couldn't get any better, it goes and opens a new experimental bar. Hurrah!

Yep, Guinness is giving you the chance to go beyond the (kinda) shiny gates and have #allthepints in its new brewery.

The Open Gate Brewery at St. James' Gate is located in the little secret door beside the main entrance and opened its doors to the public for the first time yesterday.

The experimental brewery has perviously been open to just brewers to explore recipes and create new ones, but now the industrial-feel bar is going to be open for anyone to walk in and try a wide range of new brews. 

The usual draught Guinness will be available, as well as their most recent venture, Hop House 13 Lager. Also on sale is Dublin Porter, West Indies Porter and a small batch of experimental beers (that sound really cool). 

Diageo's Mark Sandys said, "People are becoming more interested in beer and the stories behind it, and The Open Gate Brewery gives people the freedom to experiment and find new tastes. 

The new bar is only open Thursday and Friday from 5.30pm to 10.30pm but it is supplying some deadly beers on draught for you to try, including Guinness Nitro IPA (interesting), OGB Milk Stout (even more interesting) and OGB Imperial Dunkel Weisse, which has 8.4 percent alcohol (VERY interesting). 

 A pint of beer is €5 and a half-pint is €2.75 but you can also order four beer-tasters for €5 and speak to the brewers about the origins of each. We like it!