At precisely 17:59pm last Thursday, the country of Haiti raised a glass not only to Arthur, but also to the opening of The Irish Embassy, the first Irish Pub within the country.
The opening itself, located within the Irish Village, was a resounding success and aided further re-development of Port-au-Prince, after the 2010 earthquake, which devastated the entire region.
The event began with a barbecue on Authur’s Day, with chef Karol Keane offering an assortment of delicious food. Guinness was served on tap, a first for the country as a whole and free soft drinks where also on offer. Entertainment came in the form of DJ Jack.
The Irish Embassy is decked out with traditional wooden panelling and furniture and a number of Celtic and Haiti inspired murals covering various sections of the pub. The entire endeavour is the product of six months work.
The Irish Village itself is the home to ten businesses including Kenneth Cole Shoe Shop, Chic Boutique and Kurt Charles IT, along with Irish charities Haven and Soul of Haiti. All of these businesses, along with the Irish Embassy, will further help in the regeneration of Haiti.
Attending the event was Irish Pubs Global President Enda O’Coineen, who helped with this initiative (pictured top left).
Source: Conor Flynn, Irish Pubs Global