March 17, 2011, - 5:43 pm

St. Patrick’s Day, Guinness & Islam

By Debbie Schlussel

As you know, today is St. Patrick’s Day, celebrating the Irishman who allegedly drove all the snakes out of Ireland.  (To my Irish readers, I don’t believe it–are there really no snakes in Ireland?)  Over the years, I’ve written about the fastest growing religion in Ireland:  Islam.  And in fact, the Muslims in Ireland, like elsewhere in the West are extremist and intolerant.  Erin Go Burka.

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Kiss Me, I’m Irish: Irish Muslim Abiola Egbeyemi w/Niqab “Enhanced” By David Lunde

Today, consumption of Guinness Beer is down significantly, and the company is reeling.  Also, nearly 2,000 Irish pubs have closed in the last five years.  The company and the Irish are blaming the disastrous Irish economy.   But I think something else is at play, too:  Islam.  It’s just that the company, the country, and various reporters won’t dare say it because 1)  it reminds us of the intolerance of Islam and its religious restrictions, and 2) it would be politically incorrect and offend Muslims (as everything, including the existence of oxygen, offends them).

Guinness consumption in Ireland had been falling slowly for years as Irish drinkers abandoned pubs to imbibe at home, switched to alternatives and trimmed their alcohol consumption generally. But Ireland’s latest woes, which led to a €67.5 billion ($92.8 billion) bailout for the country’s banks in December, dealt an extra blow to Guinness.

Guinness sales dropped 8% in Ireland and Northern Ireland in the six months to Dec. 31, parent Diageo PLC reported recently, while the overall Irish beer market fell 6%. Struggling with 13.4% unemployment and the prospect of government cutbacks, the Irish have closed their wallets to extra spending.

The volume of Guinness sold in Ireland has been dropping steadily for a decade, falling to 119.3 million liters last year from 198.9 million liters in 2001, according to Euromonitor International. (A liter is a little more than a quart.) The slide comes amid what the Drinks Industry Group of Ireland has called an “effective meltdown” in the tavern sector, with nearly 1,500 pub closures in the last five years.

Puh-leeze. The Irish don’t just stop drinking all of a sudden. While I’m sure the other factors are partially responsible, I’m also confident that Islam is also a very significant factor they won’t mention.

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Luck of the Irish, er . . . Muslims by the Great

Artwork by David Lunde/Lundesigns, Design by Debbie Schlussel

As we all know, Islam prohibits alcohol consumption.  And as older Irish people–most of them Catholic, some of them Protestant–die out, they are being replaced at a higher and higher rate with Muslims, via immigration and a huge birthrate.  These are not Guinness customers, and they are replacing older Guinness customers in the Irish population.

As Muslims take over, via population growth, more and more Western nations, the beer and alcohol producers and purveyors had better take note.  You could be out of business via the marketplace . . . if they Muslims don’t put you out via Sharia first.  This is not something we’ll see during St. Patrick’s Days in our lifetimes, but in future generations, you can count on it.

Beer and alcohol consumption can recover from bad economies and even waves of health kicks taking over Western civilizations.  But they can’t and won’t recover from Islam.  That’s irreversible . . . because we don’t even have the guts to report on Islam and Guinness, let alone lift a finger to stop the Islamic threat to the West.

All the leprechauns and four-leaf clovers in the world won’t change that.  Sadly, the West is fast switching from green beer to the green that symbolizes Islam, HAMAS, etc.

So, to my Irish and Irish-American friends, enjoy St. Patrick’s Day . . . while it lasts.

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37 Responses

I just visited Ireland at the end of last year and did notice the increase in muslims while there compared to 5 years ago. They tend to live and work in groups, not spread out on the general population. I am afraid it will be noticably worse the next time I go. The beachead is in place and there will be no stopping them, unfortunately. Well, there is always Scotland!

Jimmy D. on March 17, 2011 at 6:38 pm

You can blame George Soros and his Open Society initiatives and the pressures of the European Union in Ireland for it. The Irish government has been hoodwinked and prodded to accept Soros’ Open Society and EU initiatives via government policies and laws in order to make Ireland a globally-attractive country to peoples from the Middle East in the name of tolerance and money.

Bobby on March 17, 2011 at 6:59 pm

So you’re blaming Irish Muslims because they don’t want to drink? That’s not just Islam that’s also called capitalism and freedom. I guess if all the alcohol related deaths in Ireland go down like in drunk driving, we can blame that on Muslims too!

Norman Blitzer on March 17, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Whoa-ho! It’s the dubious return of resident contrarian Norman Blitzer. Where ‘ave ya been, Laddie? We’ve hardly missed yee.

    And just yesterday I was gonna high-five Sean and point out you had been MIA lately.

    But like a nasty pair of knickers in a frat house, you’ve appeared again and have us holding our noses.

    Skunky on March 17, 2011 at 8:40 pm

      I am rather new to this page (DS) I also find this person to be an Idiot (I call them like I see’em) I agree with the general premise of the article with one addition the health nazi’s in Ireland have prohibited smoking in pubs (which seems to be a contradiction in terms) even in the Petersons (pipes) factory its hard to find a place to smoke. Whether its good or bad it is a choice (second hand smoke is another liberal lie dont believe me the Supreme Court threw that out as having no merit(no standing or proofs)).

      Jonathan Gartner on March 18, 2011 at 1:02 pm

It is a sign of the times.

Worry01 on March 17, 2011 at 7:48 pm

DS, you’re a fine lass, for telling it like it is. Those shanty Irish “micks” on the other side of the pond, have sold out in the name of multiculturalism and Islam. What the Irish government got instead, were good old-fashioned American “leftist” virtues of political correctness and intolerance. Nice!

Patrick on March 17, 2011 at 7:54 pm

Dear Debbie,

Please recall the Irish position on the Germans and Nazis in WWII. G-d doth have his little jests. This is happening to the least worthy people in the West.

Occam's Tool on March 17, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Please recall the Irish position at the hands (and boots) of the English.

    nir lieu on March 17, 2011 at 8:12 pm

I have always said, the Brits will only begin to take action against the invasion when the beer and the dogs are gone. By then it will be too late.

diane on March 17, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    To @diane

    Irish people from the Republic are not British. They are Irish.

    British is a term used to describe residents of the UK — the UK being the ‘United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland’. And the UK is made up of Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and England.

    The Republic of Ireland is not British.

    Barry on March 17, 2011 at 11:41 pm

Miss Schlussel, Et Alii:

I’m sure you’re familiar with this old joke:

“God created the Irish, and to keep them from ruling the World, God created alcohol.”

I grew up celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day, but I don’t imbibe alcohol.

Actually, I’m your stereotypical native American, as my ancestors came here from several countries, Ireland being only one of them.

Ah, but it’s a reason (and who really needs one?) to PARTY HEARTY!!!

Thank you.

John Robert Mallernee
Armed Forces Retirement Home
Gulfport, Mississippi 39507

John Robert Mallernee on March 17, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Mr. Mallernee, John, thank you for your service and for your humor, you are a hero.

    TL on March 18, 2011 at 1:08 am

“AS OTHERS SEE US”
(Author Unknown)

First there were the Scots,
Who kept the Sabbath
And everything else
They could get their hands on.

Then, there were the Welsh,
Who prayed on their knees
And preyed on
Their neighbors.

Next, there were the Irish,
Who didn’t know
What they wanted,
But were ready to fight for it anyway.

Finally, there were the English,
Who consider themselves a self-made nation,
Thus, relieving the Almighty
Of a dreadful responsibility.

John Robert Mallernee on March 17, 2011 at 8:08 pm

When I was in Dublin, during the summer of 2009, there was a huge display of anti-Israel and anti-Jewish pictures and publications set-up by an Islamic “student” group. There were about 30 Islamic students sitting and standing by the display along with several others handing out brochures indicating that shoppers shouldn’t shop at the nearby Marks and Spencer store, as it’s “Jewish owned.” I noticed few, if any, Irish adults paying attention to the assembled group of Jew haters. However, the Muslims set their display very close to the entrance of the university, evidently in an attempt to pollute the young minds of Ireland in Islamic style distortion and hatred.

Neils60 on March 17, 2011 at 8:14 pm

Not to worry, send the Guinness to ye olde Savannah, Georgia. We have more than enough revelers and Guinness drinkers here on St. Patrick’s Day to keep them in bidness.

CJ on March 17, 2011 at 9:12 pm

From British rule to islamic rule, Yikes!
These blokes don’t get a break, do they?
Wonder if the IRA will make a comeback?
Oh yeah, I almost forgot,
the’re down with the (palestanian/islamic) struggle.
So who’s responsible for this whole stinkin’ mess, the Brits, the Irish, the EU or the US? I’m sure their general population didn’t ask for it.

…wonder how Bono feels about this?…
…yeah, I had to be a wiseguy.

theShadow on March 17, 2011 at 9:39 pm

Wasn’t St. Patrick a Scotsman?

On another note, I like Guiness.

P. Aaron on March 17, 2011 at 10:05 pm

Luck’o’the Irish me arse!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibBFIr_e6W8

On another note, o’Bama is planning a trip to Ireland this year, the home of his great, grate, great, grate, great, etc, grandparents, so he says.

theShadow on March 17, 2011 at 11:02 pm

(forgot to add) I’m shocked!
Have muslims been in Ireland for that long?!!

theShadow on March 17, 2011 at 11:05 pm

I’ve dated many Irish women through the years and alittle less Guiness would probably do them some good.

Anthony on March 18, 2011 at 6:26 am

I was wrong, he wasn’t French.

Tim on March 18, 2011 at 8:34 am

The smoking prohibition fanatics killed the corner tavern/pubs. And the hospitality and restaurant industry just stood by and watched as their industry was robbed of an important revenue source, the nearly 25%, or more, of Americans and others who are (still) smokers. That’s a lot of lost customers and the industry failed to understand how important smokers were to its success. The whining non-smokers (who were also non-drinkers and non-diners) now failed to replace them as customers, spending money at the same level. It’s a shame that the industry did not fight it because they also failed to understand how smoking was really an issue of freedom. When that freedom was taken away, People realized that these taverns, hotels, restaurants, country clubs etc. aren’t quite as comfortable places to relax as they once were.
More and more were saying – I’ll enjoy my St. Patrick’s Day at home.

Leo on March 18, 2011 at 8:44 am

Usually, beer consumption rises with unemployment and recession. Michigan’s recession has been marked by a large growth in micro-breweries as people prefer to “buy Michigan”.

There is NO Santa Claus on March 18, 2011 at 10:53 am

Hmm. It seems that if I’m going to visit Dublin on St Patricks Day, I’d better do it pretty soon. Next year, that day does drop on a Saturday. Temple Bar won’t be much fun if the satanic black flag flies over the Dail.

SpiritOf1683 on March 18, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Maybe the brewers could create an ad campaign to induce moslems to drink beer. They could come up with names like “Beheadwiser” or “Mosquelob”. “The beer that made Medina famous”.

CornCoLeo on March 18, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Debby – are you sure you are not just Fear-mongering? Is this really news-worthy? Overpriced barley-based alcohol maker is loosing share to cheaper and no less effective ways or “altering reality” for whatever reason – are you sure it is due to Islam and not to say them misreading the trends? How is overall Al-Cohol consumption in Ireland? I doubt it is that much different from last year. If so – it doesn’t have much to do with Ishmaelites.

Boris B on March 18, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Well in the late 80’s and early 90’s the U.K. belly ached about the “ugly Americans” and our behaviors off base. I bet they would love to see some Americans in place of those muslims right about now. Like I’d like to see more Japanese in place of the islamic hordes.

samurai on March 18, 2011 at 2:45 pm

If pubs are closing down because a section of the population does not drink, I guess they should pass a law there that makes drinking mandatory for every adult. You will be forced to buy something that you may not want but in the end it is in the general interest to have a healthy economy with fewer businesses closing and lower unemployment!

bbc on March 18, 2011 at 7:55 pm

bbc,

Like Obamacare!

spiffo on March 18, 2011 at 8:13 pm

In 2006, ~0.8% of the population of the Republic of Ireland was of Muslim religious background. No word on how pious they are.

If a business is so fragile that it can’t handle less than a percent of the population of its domestic marketplace not indulging in theory–in theory, mind, being Muslim and drinking is no more of a contradiction than being Catholic and smoking pot–then it deserves to go under.

Randy McDonald on March 18, 2011 at 8:50 pm

The Muslims can have ireland its really just swapping one bunch of terrorists for another.

James on March 19, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Ignorance is bliss, eh, James?

    Nir Leiu on March 20, 2011 at 6:17 am

      Nir Leiu, not really being British with family members in the armed forces who were stationed in Ireland during the troubles i feel pretty safe in saying that, If they were not terrorists 656 British troops and 2000 civilians would still be alive this day, and i am rather fed up of Americans dismissing them as freedom fights and all that bollocks.

      James on March 20, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Debbie,

If you have a huge problem with the amount of Muslims increasing in Ireland, why don’t you mass reproduce and do something about it? Why is it that you have to blame Islam for the decreasing amount of alcohol consumption? It’s not our fault that we actually FOLLOW our religion. We aren’t offended by your silly little blog or your silly little brain, and we certainly aren’t offended by the existence of MOLECULAR Oxygen. Yes, MOLECULAR oxygen; not just Oxygen. Do yourself a favor and get educated before you educate others of what Islam is all about. Good day to you!

A PROUD MUSLIM on March 17, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    DS

    Your comments about Ireland are total rubbish. Do you know anything at all about Ireland? First of all, the Muslim population of Ireland is only about 1% of the total. Also, there are many reasons why Guinness consumption may have declined over the last decade. This is largely due to the severe recession the country has suffered, along with the smoking ban in pubs (this has also affected the pub trade in the UK) and a trend for younger drinkers to switch to more fashionable drinks. Muslims in Ireland, far from dictating their wishes to the native population, are a minority group who are often the victims of racial abuse and attacks, in a country which until recently had seen very little immigration from people of different cultures. In short, there seems nothing to support your claim that Islam has had any significant effect on Ireland’s drinking habits. If you have any evidence of this please post it.

    C J Walters on March 19, 2012 at 9:12 pm

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