Irish Q? Bushmills vs Jameson

Old Jan 3rd, 2008, 06:38 AM
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Irish Q? Bushmills vs Jameson

Waz in an Irish pub run by a lady from the Republic of Ireland and a friend asked for some Bushmills and this led her into a tirade about how she would never serve Bushmills because 'they refused to hire Catholics'

So he had Jameson instead, apparently the Catholic sanctioned whiskey

Was this Irish pub owner an anomaly or is it still this way in Ireland or England where there are tons of Irish

If i go into a pub in a Catholic area and ask for Bushmills will i be met with the same rebuke or is all forgotten now

Or was the pub owner here spouting BS?

And i hope in my fading memory i didn't mix Bushmills and Jameson up thought Jameson does sound Catholic.

Just curious
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Bushmills is distilled in N. Ireland and Jameson's in the republic so there is some historical favouring of one or the other from people of certain political bents.

But that being, you're Irish landlady is definitely going way over the top.

BTW, does this place serve Guinness?
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Bushmills is based in Co Antrim, Northern Ireland, where there's postcode-specific employment legislation. NI employers have to audit their hiring records, and can be forced to ensure they hire in direct proportion to the religious makeup of the local population.

Jameson's in based in County Cork, where 70 years of ethnic cleansing has virtually eliminated the Protestant population. You'll almost certainly find not a single Prod in the place.

So, if she's describing the state of affairs today, the woman's talking through her bigoted rear end. But there aren't too many Catholics round Bushmills, Co Antrim either, so you're unlikely to find too many Papes on the Bushmills distillery payroll, since over-representation of Papes is as illegal as under-representation.

Nonetheless, the Bushmills=Prod, Jameson's=Pape nonsense is still occasionally spouted. Usually - at any rate in Britain - by the sort of dimwit ancient uncle who keeps a secret book of rebel songs under his bed, and is a laughing stock of the rest of the family .

My experience is that all the Father O'Ruffians who've had the misfortune to be chaplains to the flannerclan are pretty unconcerned whether it's Jameson's or Bushmills they have a drop or ten of at our wakes, baptisms and weddings. They find it as tough as we do to remember which one we're supposed to prefer.

All they're worried about it that it's not that disgusting muck they serve instead of whiskey in Scotland, and that there's enough of it.
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