Black Bush too green for the Mayor

Whatever about the past, Black Bush is a whiskey now generally held in equal favour among Northern Ireland's divided population.But this ecumenical spirit doesn't go down well with all consumers. Last year Mr Willie Brown, the Mayor of San Francisco, poured the amber fluid down one of his city's sewers because Bushmills did not employ enough nationalists. Now the Mayor of North Down has banned the whiskey from her parlour because the Co Antrim distillery supports the GAA.

Ms Ruby Cooling, a DUP councillor, has decreed that henceforth her colleagues and visitors to Bangor Town Hall shall no longer drink Ireland's longest-established whiskey because of Bushmills' sponsorship of the Antrim GAA team.

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