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Wednesday 26 April 2017

'I'm hoping this nickname does not stick around for the next 20 years', says 'Pint Baby' Steven

Steven Barron
Steven Barron
The clip of him as a baby that went viral

A man featured in a video drinking from a pint of Guinness as a baby has told of his shock after the clip went viral.

Steven Barron (20), from Prosperous, Co Kildare, has been dubbed 'Pint Baby' after an archived episode of RTE's Nationwide became a massive hit on social media at the weekend and turned him into an overnight sensation.

The clip, which was shared by RTE journalist Cian McCormack on Facebook, shows a bar in Ennistymon, Co Clare, in which a small baby sits in a bar with what appears to be a pint of Guinness in his tiny hands.

Steven's mother Caroline said she was notified the video was doing the rounds again by a friend in the US.

"I got tagged in it on Facebook from my friend in America asking if it was me and Steven, and sure it enough it was. Twenty years later there it is," she said.

The video has been viewed an astonishing two million times already.

Fun

"It was a great day. Nationwide was filming and there was great fun going on in the pub.

"Everyone was there for the novelty of Nationwide being there and we got caught on the camera with Steven having a sup of the Guinness. There wasn't a bother on him sure."

Since the clip went viral, Caroline said their phone has not stopped ringing with friends and family getting in touch.

"It's absolutely phenomenal. There are people texting, calling, emailing us. It's just gone off the scale. It's ridiculous. The phone is on fire."

Steven said he hopes his new nickname does not last long.

"Some of it's been a bit of slagging and messing but most of it is all good. Hopefully 'Pint Baby' won't stick around for the next 20 years," he said.

"I'd drink a pint of Guinness the odd time now," added Steven, who hopes to be a blacksmith.

Caroline said: "There's nothing to dipping a soother in a pint of Guinness. There's nutrition in it.

"It didn't do him any harm. He turned out well. That could be any child in Ireland, even to this day.

"There was no harm in it. Pregnant women have a glass of Guinness for the goodness, there's great nutrition in it.

"He is fit and healthy and he has never been hospitalised. He's grand, he hasn't taken to the drink in a big way or anything," she told RTE News.

Steven was able to see the funny side, adding: "I'm just the only one who got caught doing it.

"You couldn't really get more Irish, I mean a baby drinking a pint of Guinness."

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