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Thursday 29 June 2017

Good things come to those who... win a contest to stay at Gravity Bar

James and Kaitlin Morrissey
James and Kaitlin Morrissey
Competition winners James and Kaitlin Morrissey were given the keys to the Guinness Storehouse
James and Kaitlin Morrissey
Competition winners James and Kaitlin Morrissey were given the keys to the Guinness Storehouse by Mark Sandys, Global Head of Beer for Diageo

Having learned how to pull the perfect pint, two lucky stout fans pulled off the perfect overnight stay in Dublin after they were given the keys to the Guinness Storehouse.

More than 40,000 people from around the globe applied to be in with a chance of winning a night's stay in the Storehouse's iconic Gravity Bar.

New Yorker James Morrissey and his wife Kaitlin were the lucky winners and checked in as part of Ireland's first ever Airbnb "Night At".

The room was described as "Ireland's most exclusive bedroom" and came complete with a tasting bar and butler.

A "perfect pint-shaped" bed, pool table, giant Jenga game, and a telescope completed the furnishings.

Those who wanted to stay in the Gravity Bar had to answer the question: "What makes you the world's biggest Guinness fan?"

James entered the competition and Paul Carty, managing director of the Guinness Storehouse, said his "passion and knowledge of Guinness and the Storehouse was evident from his entry".

Carty said James "captured the true character of St James's Gate, which is filled with hundreds of years of history".

The couple were given access to St James's Gate Brewery, the production site that has been home to Guinness since 1759, and were told the story of the Guinness family. They were also treated to a luxury six-course meal in the Gravity Bar.

Following their night in the Storehouse, James and Kaitlin were given an Irish breakfast and were taught how to make their own Guinness brew by brewer Peter Simpson.

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