I arrived in Tralee for the penultimate event of the year, not The Rose of Tralee but the Pouring of the Perfect Pint by Indiana June.
Guinness is an Irish Stout beer that has been brewed at St James's Gate Brewery in Dublin since 1755. (They are also the folks that started the Guinness Book of Records after an argument in a pub in 1955.) It's an acquired taste and takes a little getting used to but once hooked there's no avoiding it, or the gas it provides the following day!
I've heard Irishmen refer to it as being similar to passing a small black elephant the day after but it doesn't stop them returning day after day for a pint of the black stuff.
It takes about 5 minutes to pour a pint of Guinness, well it does if you're pouring it correctly and that was what you all voted for me to do on this particular day.
I arrived at Baily's Corner, ready to pull (you don't pour a pint apparently) and I ended up with an audience of old regulars at the bar. Gary, the owner gave me tuition which you can see in the video here.
Start with a tulip-shaped pint glass that's clean, dry and chilled.
Tilt glass to 45-degree angle under the tap and pour until glass is three-quarters full.
Let it sit for several minutes until the beer is black and flat. Do a dance during this settling period if the mood takes you.
After it's settled, fill the glass the rest of the way. The foamy head should peek over the rim but not spill.
Ask the barman to put a shamrock in the top of it. (Or a love heart if you want to jump his bones.)
There's a 3-course meal in every glass so forget dinner and repeat steps 1-6.