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IamA volunteer crisis counselor. AMA!

Mar 19th 2018 by cashless1017 • 50 Questions • 28 Points

It's me again, it's a tradition at this stage! For the new people, my name is Gar and im a pub owner in Dublin, Ireland. Its St. Patrick's day and we are getting ready for one of the busiest days of the year. Ask me anything.

Proof at www.twitter.com/thomashousedub or @thomashousedub

*I'm going to be on and off this thing all day folks. I may have to take a break to do some work but keep the questions coming and I promise I'll answer all of them. Gar

** I'm currently not at the bar if anyone is dropping in to say hello. I'll be back in later this evening.

*** And we are done for the day. Thanks to everyone for jumping on board this AMA again this year. I'll do my best to keep answering any questions if you keep them coming but it may take a while. See you next year!

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Thank you, when I was younger and trying to go to college a classmate of mine committed suicide and it wasn't until after that I realized I had never really talked to him. It hit the professor hard and it's had me thinking about what I would do if I was in a situation where I could've done something.

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Which companies? I don't think you named them in your post.


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What's the most you have ever seen someone drink?

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I'm sorry for your loss. Wishing you the best~


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German companies : TUI , Karl Kolb , heberger french companies : Groupe Protec and de dietrich dutch companies ; melspring , hansmelchers and frans van anraat , Luxembourg general Mediterranean holding and its owner Nadhmi Auchi ( Saddam's Bag Man )

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A pal of mine drank 36 pints one night. That's the most I've ever seen.


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What is the longest you have been on the phone?

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What did you immediately do, when the gas reached you?


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How much alcohol do you typically sell on Paddy’s day?

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We are supposed to wrap things up after an hour and a half at absolute maximum. I think my longest was right around that. Surprisingly (at least to me when I first learned this), shorter conversations (~45 minutes) are usually more effective!!


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i was a child at the time and i don't remember well i was with my family in a basement- Mardin i had to hold my breath and covered my mouth then i ran into my neighbor's basement - Aras

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A legitimate shit ton.


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Mardin - the building behind you in your proof picture is very interesting. What is it?

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Alright then. Let's do this. A shit ton. Now, you're Irish, but you said "ton" so, I'll do the math for imperial. Adult fecal matter is about 75% water by weight. A ton is 2000lbs, and of that ton of shit, 25% of it solid by weight, or 500 lbs of dehydrated shit. Beer is anywhere from 90 to 95 percent water by volume, and about 2%-6% alcohol by volume, which means that the solid content in a beer (I'll take the lowest water and highest alcohol content. You are Irish after all) is about 4%. This means that for every pint of beer, there are 0.04 pints of solid material. Unfortunately, the density of the solid matter will vary significantly from beer to beer; It's mostly mineral content; we will have to make due with the density of beer in general. 0.04 pints times 1.05 grams/centimeter cubed is 0.042 grams of solid material per pint. The liquor is either broken down into acetate, and then unrinated out or is exhaled and sweated out. We have a surplus of water, therefore both factors can be ignored. Take our desired 500 lbs, and convert that to kilograms: 226.796 kilos or 226,796 grams. 226,796 divided by the 0.042 grams of solid mass per pint gives us 5,399,904.76 pints of beer to make a literal ton of shit. That's 2,555,107.89 liters of beer. According the price of travel website, a pint of beer in dublin, low end, will run you about 5.56 USD per pint. That's a minimum revenue (not gross) of $30,023,470.47 USD for our friend u/bombidol here.


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its the halabja massacre memorial musum -Mardin

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Bravo.


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What exactly did the companies do and do you think they knew that their stuff would be used in an attack?

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Do you ever run out of beer? Have you heard of that happening in other bars? If so, what happens?


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during the 8 year of war between Iran and Iraq companies were trying to sell weapon specially chemical weapon to Saddam to use it in war and since then Saddam was using it so the companies knew that he was using it - Aras

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Bag up the tap and sell the other stuff!


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Are these American companies or do they work in America? Is there anything Americans can do to help? So sad to read about this attack, I never knew it happened.

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How's the weather today?


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these companies were not american and american companies refused to cooperate they were german , french, dutch and Luxembourg companies , and what you can do is supporting us in the courts and lawsuit

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Shitty. Mix of rain and snow so far.


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Bankrupt them? Didn’t Bayer manufacture Zyklon B? They’re still around. Honestly, the only justice these people will ever get is if somebody were to take it into their own hands.

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What's the earliest anyone's chundered in your Paddy's Day history?


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Hey everyone! Thank you for being such gracious hosts to our AMA participants. They tried to answer as many questions as possible. We know you have lots more questions, so if you will, please visit the site https://www.halabjavictimssociety.org/ to learn more about the attacks and the lawsuit. Many of your questions can be answered there. Don't forget about this attack and some of the victims experiences you've heard here today. Their stories deserve to be heard.

Have a good day, Reddit!

A:

As the door opens. I saw people puking on the walk to work two hours ago.


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Wow really thanks for the A2A. Most of the survivors often lose hope of any revival in their lives. How do you motivate people out there to continue with their lives?

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What do people order the most of at your bar on the holiday? Guiness? Do they try and get anything “weird” like a Smirnoff Ice?


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we are asking people to have hope and continue their lives , we hope that we can hold those companies like TUI who did this to us accountable so this is somehow my motivation - mardin i want to live to be alive proof of what chemical weapon can do -Aras

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It's mostly guinness and whiskey today. A lot of lager and cider too.


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The attack happened 30 years ago. Chances are the people at those companies aren’t even working there any more. Have you had any progress in this lawsuit?

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You've said that you pretty much hand the city over to tourists today, do you find it strange that St. Patrick's Day is mostly celebrated by people who aren't Irish? I'm in England, and everyone I know seems to be going out tonight to get drunk on Guinness, however for St. George's Day, we maybe put a few flags up.


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we filed the lawsuit only two days ago and we suied both manager and directors who were personally involved and also the companies themselves , the companies made many millions in profits which helped them, grow to be the huge companies that they are today the victims lives were destroyed hundred of survivors died early death hundred of children have birth defects caused by the chemicals so the companies should pay this profits in fair compensation to the victims and their families even if the director and manager are old or maybe have already died

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It's pretty much just an excuse to get drunk at this stage, whatever it meant originally.


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I wish I had a better question.... but I wanted to let you know that this was one of the primary reasons I joined the US Army Medical Service in 1988. I knew we would be fighting Sadaam after this. I was of course called up for Desert Storm when the time came. Our hospital was prepared to treat massive chemical attack victims which fortunately, for all involved in Desert Storm, never came.

What are the companies named in the suit?

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Hope the day goes well for you!

How often do you get Americans in your pub on this day?


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German companies : TUI , Karl Kolb , heberger french companies : Groupe Protec and de dietrich dutch companies ; melspring , hansmelchers and frans van anraat , Luxembourg general Mediterranean holding and its owner Nadhmi Auchi ( Saddam's Bag Man ) some companies industrial like karl kolb and heberger , some companies for personal products for example TUI used to have sub companies that produce chemical and building materials , today they are the largest tourism country in the world but they have the biggest hand in building and supplying chemical weapon factories , hundreds of German engineers worked at the chemical weapon sites during the conspiracy even a gas chamber was built to test chemical weapons on dogs and donkeys and even allegedly on Iranian POWs , Auchi is one of the biggest real estate owners in England and owns dozens of companies including hotels , the bank in Luxembourg was secretly funded by saddam hussein and held accounts for numerous dictators and terrorists https://www.halabjavictimssociety.org/

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I'd say 70% of the people in the city are Americans right now.


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I thought there was a weapons ban on chemicals, was that just paper to be walked through with no punishment?

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Fellow Irishman here, and I have probably the most important question of all: Are ya televising the rugby?


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yes no company has ever been punished and what the comopany say they wouldnht do the chemical weapon activity is not what they do , they know they are selling chemical weapons and they know that the weapons are killing people - aras and mardin

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Absolutely not.


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how has growing up during your lifetime been? have you been treated differently since you have been marked survivors

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How often do you have to deal with people fighting? Have you ever seen a fight get out of hand?


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no because our community understands well our problems since the most of the people are victims - Aras i was lost and living away from my own family , i was adopted by another family , i didn't know that i'm adopted until i was 10 years old -Mardin

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I think theres been maybe two fights in the seven years I've been here. Never anything too crazy.


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Do these companies produce commonly used household products or are they primarily making industrial products?

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Do you think there's enough barbers on Thomas St now?


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some companies industrial like karl kolb and heberger , some companies for personal products for example TUI used to have sub companies that produce chemical and building materials , today they are the largest tourism country in the world but they have the biggest hand in building and supplying chemical weapon factories , hundreds of German engineers worked at the chemical weapon sites during the conspiracy even a gas chamber was built to test chemical weapons on dogs and donkeys and even allegedly on Iranian POWs , Auchi is one of the biggest real estate owners in England and owns dozens of companies including hotels , the bank in Luxembourg was secretly funded by saddam hussein and held accounts for numerous dictators and terrorists

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Jesus.


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I know it's not much, but I'd love to boycott any company that puts profits over people. It's horrendous to think one person didn't matter to them, let alone thousands. Thank you for taking the time to get the information out to the world.

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As an owner of a pub in Ireland, do you actually think Irish beers are the best? What is your preference when/if you decide to drink?


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yes we should boycott tui immediately, how can we enjoy vacation from a company that helped killing thousands of children

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I think theres some great Irish beers. Personally, Belgian beers are my favourite.


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What is being done for survivor of chemical attacks in recent years? Is there a possibility for those survivors to all come together and make a bigger voice for the world to hear, to testify in front of U.N so that these companies be held fully accountable for the damage they have caused to these people.

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What do you think about the proposals to extend the opening hours for clubs and pubs here in Dublin? Moreso do you think that the early closing hours hinder a lot of our nightlife scene here?

Best of luck today anyway lad, might head up to ya as I have nothing planned!


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nothing is being done for the survivors , many of us are too sick to travel but we would be happy to come to the un , so all could hear our voices and other who cannot travel could give power of attorney to speak for them

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Our licensing laws are a joke. I think a twelve hour license should be standard with no area having too many bars/clubs that finish at the same time. Also late license applications should be instant, if I'm busy I should be able to press a button on an app to get one instead of going to court to apply for one. It's a disaster here.


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What is your favorite sandwich?

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Thanks for checking in again this year, man. Hope it's a good day!

Should Guinness be served cold or at room temperature?

Also, what drink should I order in Dublin that is better than Guinness?

Cheers!


Q:

Hamburger-Aras Pizza -Mardin

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Cold from the tap. Slightly warmer from a bottle. Try O'Haras Stout and Leann Folainn


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From which court are you seeking relief? Will you need sanctions?

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Happy St. Patricks day! Still serving that Founders, All Day IPA?


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first to national court i halabja and then we have a case also in paris and we intend to bring additional cases in london , holland and germany

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Yep!


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What's your opinion on the chemical attack in the UK? Hold any strong values, opinions or beliefs?

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First-- Good luck! Hope your day goes well!

Second-- What's the worst thing that's happened? How many people do you estimate you get in on this day? How many do you kick out?

Thanks in advance :)


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this proofs that everyone of us in danger of chemical weapons and their production must stop in every county.

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I get asked this a lot. Nothing really bad has ever happened on Paddys day here. 99.9% of the people I'll see are tourists who won't want to spend long in one pub. They will grab one or two beers and head off to the next one. I'd say over the course of the day about ten people will be asked to leave and a bunch more will be denied access.


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Hi and thanks for doing this AMA!

  1. If the Saddam Hussein regime had not been toppled, do you think groups such as ISIS would have still been able to rise to such levels of power as they have today in the region?

  2. In the current conflicts of the Syrian civil war, we can still see chemical weapons attacks being carried out by groups such as ISIS, rebel groups, and the Syrian military. What can we, as everyday people, do to help let the companies that are producing these weapons that they cause mass harm once they fall into the wrong hands?

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Are tourists generally considered annoying? Or are they okay/nice to have around?


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we should protest against companies that sell chemical weapon and not buy their products and we need laws that protect people and allow them to sew the comopanies that harmed them and if we could hold those companies accountable that helped saddam no other company will do it again

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For the most part they are great to be around. Its interesting to see people's reaction to the city. There's always one or two that are a pain in the arse but generally they are good people.


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I see that at least one of the German companies responsible for this (not sure which) is now in the German Tourism industry?

Why is Germany allowing a known exporter of chemical weapons, in direct contravention of the Geneva Protocol, to still exist and function as a German company? As far as I know, Germany had ratified the Geneva Protocols, right?

What legal or governmental hurdles are preventing Germany from dealing with the organization themselves? Did German Investigators determine there wasn't enough evidence or something?

Thanks for doing this AMA! Chemical weapons, especially mustard gas, are not only horrific, it takes a special kind of soulless monster to sell that gas for use against humans or to deploy it against humans.

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What was the most bat-shit crazy thing you ever saw a patron do?


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the German prosecuted these companies including TUI and found them guilty of illegally selling chemical weapons to saddam , the managers were sentences of between 3 and 12 month in jail but non of them went to jail for even one day , under german law corporations cannot be prosecuted for the crimes of genocide or crimes against humanity , only the managers and as you can see the manager got off with no punishment

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I've seen some insane shit here. People eating dead lizards, pissing on the floor and a bunch more.


Q:

Having only read about the effects of gas attacks in history classes, let me first say that both of the people answering are incredible. I am sure that simply reading words on a page and seeing pictures can not truly illustrate what a horrifying weapon it is.

That being said, the people who were in charge of these companies at the time of the attacks are probably close to death themselves now (for example, I see Nadhmi Auchi is now 80 years old). It is likely that the people employed now by them are not the same as those employed 30 years ago. I see from another response that they have shifted to tourism or hospitality industry jobs. The people responsible obviously deserve some kind of punishment but what in your opinion is the correct way to hold the right people responsible before it's too late?

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What's your favorite [traditional Irish] meal? Having anything special for the holiday?


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we are not seeking revenge or punishment we are just seeking justice those companies should held accountable for what they did and they should compensate injured and people who lost their loved ones and help towns and cities that they destroyed to grow back

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I just had some grapes. Does that count?


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I met quite a few guys from Dublin last night here in Amsterdam. Do a good portion of the locals get outta Dodge for the day?

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Some do. Most hide at home


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Good luck! 🍀

One thing I love when traveling is you can always be sure to feel welcome in an Irish pub no matter the city. As a real Irish pub owner what in your opinion is required to make an Irish pub authentic?

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No bells and whistles. Just good staff and good beer.


Q:

Is your favorite color green?

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Whatever colour money is.


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How often, if ever, do you partake in drinking with the patrons? You seem like a guy people would want to have a drink with.

Cheers and good luck today!

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Every day.


Q:

How many people will black out at your bar on average St Patrick's day?

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Very few. Later this evening there will probably be a few people that need to take a walk and get their legs back working


Q:

Thank you for everything to do! I loved my time visiting Dublin in the summer of 2017, and I hope to get back there soon. On St. Patrick's Day, who are the worst drunks - the locals, or the tourists?

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Most Dublin people avoid the city today, we pretty much hand the town over to the tourists.


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Do they still have Beamish over there? Or is it gone now?

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It's still around but rare in Dublin


Q:

Too hungover to get up and look out the window lad, did the snow we were threatened with ever materialize? Or was Met Éireann just overreacting?

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It was snowing this morning. I doubt it will stick around


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How many staff will you have throughout the day? Is it hard to get staff to work the evening shift? Is their a financial incentive for staff to work today?

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We will have about six staff on today, staggered throughout.


Q:

I get the idea yours is a rock and roll bar... Will there be any bands playing at your joint tonight?

A:

We have a bunch of Irish punk band tonight


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What do you recommend for first time drinkers who came into your bar?

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Ten whiskeys.


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I've been out here waiting for a pint for twenty minutes, is there any chance you could put down your phone and grab me 9 pints of guinness and a bag of bacon fries? cheers kid.

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Done deal


Q:

I've heard that ordering an Irish car bomb in Ireland would be as offensive as ordering a 9/11 in NYC. I can completely see that logic. Is it an extremely sensitive subject over there, and is it still ordered often?

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Depends on the person. It doesn't bother me at all. That shit is delicious.


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What would you do if you found a snake in your bar on this blessed day?

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Kiss it


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Are you a bar owner the rest of the year as well?

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Hopefully


Q:

How does an actual Irish person celebrate St. Patrick's day?

Here in America, it's just an excuse to get shit faced because you might be 25% Irish because of your ancestors.

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We hide at home


Q:

Best accompaniment to a pint of Guinness?

A:

Shot of powers


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What’s the biggest freak out you’ve seen in your bar?

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A dude exploded once.


Q:

Is there a sense of pride about people all around the world celebrating Ireland today or is it more just seen as something for the outside world? Irish-American asking

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Its hard to explain. It's like we share the city with new comers for a few days and turn up the Irish factor to 100%


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Do you think that there is an unhealthy attitude to alcohol in Ireland? (Note:am Irish)

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Absolutely. But it's related to licensing laws.


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How do you feel when Americans start talking about their Irish ancestors?

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I personally enjoy hearing about it


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Is there a drink you serve that is most popular on this day?

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Whiskey and Guinness


Q:

Love the Thomas House! Have had many’s a good night in there after a Vicar Street gig! Keep up the good work, hope ye have a great Paddy’s :) What time will ye be open til tonight?

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Only going til 12.30 tonight


Q:

How many drinks until you cut someone off?

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It's different for everyone.


Q:

Do you have any advice for a fellow barman working in Cork today?

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Head down. Don't make eye contact.


Q:

Just wanna say I love the Thomas house, from Kildare but anytime I'm in town I make it a mission to head down there for pints. Keep up the great work!

Any famous heads in there regularly? I've seen Dara O'Briain in the area fair regular.

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There's a bunch of well known people that drink here but obviously I couldn't name them publicly


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Is it true a lot of folk leave Ireland on Paddy's Day and go over to the UK to get away from all the tourists?

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I don't think so. I think a lot of them just stay at home and hide.


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If you could visit any other city in the world on St Patrick's day, where would it be and what would you hope to see or not see?

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I've been to Chicago and it was fun. Maybe Philly


Q:

Gar, please, I must know. Was it the Gods of Metal that blessed you with such a facemelting and badass name? Followup question, is your daily driver a dragon?

A:

Odin himself blessed me.


Q:

I went to Dublin on St Paddy's Day once and didn't really like it (not into crowds), but I could tell it was a great city and would love to try again. Is there a time of year you could recommend with maybe less tourism but also where the cold doesn't hurt your face?

A:

July or August is great