|Youghal, Co Cork Ireland, Photo: Helen Tilston|
|Photo of our kitchen-table, overlooking the Blackwater River which 50 yards away feeds into the Irish sea|
Many visitors to Ireland enjoy a glass or pint or Guinness, the famous drink of stout manufactured in Ireland since Arthur Guinness started brewing ales from 1759 at the St. James's Gate Brewery, Dublin. On 31 December 1759. It is said, he signed (up to) a 9,000 year lease at £45 per annum for the unused brewery. Ten years later, on 19 May 1769, Guinness first exported his ale: he shipped six-and-a-half barrels to Great Britain.
Guinness also use the Harp as their symbol. You will note the harp faces to the right in their logo and advertising.
Do you suppose the composer of Carrickfergus patronized establishments that served Guinness?