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GUINNESS Canada kicks off St. Patrick's Day Campaign with a little help from some friends from Ireland
TORONTO, March 13, 2013 /CNW/ - GUINNESS, the uniquely authentic Irish beer and the best-selling stout in the world, kicked off its Canadian St. Patrick's Day festivities by welcoming six of Ireland's finest to "paint the town black" in Toronto. Handpicked for their Irish patriotism, love for Guinness and their desire to educate Canadians on the authentic way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, these Irish recruits have arrived on Canadian soil just in time to save March 17th.
"Canada consumes more green beer per capita than any nation should," said Paul O'Rourke, one of the Irish recruits from Dublin, Ireland. "Drinking green beer on St. Patrick's Day is completely un-Irish and I think it should be banned from pubs in Canada. I feel that it is my patriotic duty to stem the tide and show Canadians the authentic way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day."
In order to address the current state of St. Patrick's Day in Canada, Guinness sought out consumers (of legal drinking age) from Ireland who wanted to help reclaim the occasion. The team of six Irish recruits who accepted the mission include:
"We are delighted to welcome this team of true Irish men and women to help save St. Patrick's Day in Canada," said Geoff Kosar, Marketing Director Guinness Canada. "One of the easiest ways to ensure you're enjoying an authentic St. Patrick's Day is to drink Guinness, responsibly of course. In my opinion, it's the only acceptable drink of choice on March 17th."
Here are some additional ways to make Canadian celebrations more authentically Irish.
Guinness also reminds Canadians to celebrate responsibly and find a safe way home.
GUINNESS® enjoys a global reputation as a uniquely authentic Irish beer and the best-selling stout in the world. Famous for its dark color, creamy head and unique surge and settle, this distinctive beer has been brewed at the St. James's Gate brewery in Dublin, Ireland since 1759. Over 10 million glasses of GUINNESS beer are enjoyed every single day around the world, and 1.8 billion pints are sold every year. GUINNESS is available in well over 100 countries worldwide and is brewed in almost 50. Also from the makers of GUINNESS, SMITHWICK'S, Ireland's oldest and best selling ale and HARP Lager, whose name pays tribute to the GUINNESS logo and the national symbol of Ireland. Additional information about GUINNESS can be found at www.guinness.ca.
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