Priest slams Arthur’s Day

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A local priest has hit out at a drinks giant which wants to establish a special day devoted to Guinness.

Critics, including musician Christy Moore, believe ‘Arthur’s Day’ - which took place yesterday - promotes drunkenness.

The event was conceived in 2009 to mark 250 years since the first pint of Guinness was brewed in Dublin.

Fr Declan Boland, of Strabane, has described a global series of concerts and events designed to celebrate the life of Arthur Guinness as “a sinister marketing ploy” by drinks giant Diageo.

He said he had seen far too many young Strabane people lose their lives to heavy drinking.