Local ale a big hit with ambassador

The Russian ambassador to Ireland is a big fan of our locally-brewed Smithwicks Pale Ale, Mayor Sean O’ hArgain has revealed.

The Russian ambassador to Ireland is a big fan of our locally-brewed Smithwicks Pale Ale, Mayor Sean O’ hArgain has revealed.

The diplomat visited Kilkenny last month, where he attended a reception at City Hall hosted by the mayor. The entourage then walked down to St Canice’s Cathedral to attend the concert of pianist Polina Leschenko – but a thirst came upon them.

They stopped into Cleere’s to sample the local tipple.

“He said it was the nicest beer he had ever tasted, and that it would be ideal for export to Russia,” Mayor O’ hArgain said.