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An Irish baby supping a pint on Nationwide in 1997 has become a phenomenon

Who is Pint Baby?

THE RTÉ ARCHIVES is a gloriously curated collection of classic clips and moments from down the years on the national broadcaster.

They’re constantly sharing snippets and features that give us an idea on how Ireland used to be back in the day – like this one from the 1982 Late Late Show Valentine’s special last week.

Yesterday, they shared a Nationwide segment called ‘Single Women Scarce In Kerry’.

It featured an interview with well known matchmaker Willie Daly in Daly’s Bar, Ennistymon, Clare

pintbaby Source: RTE Archives

Interesting as it was, the main focus of attention has been on one of the cutaway shots:

A baby having a tiny sup of a pint

pintbaby2 Source: RTE Archives

Introducing Pint Baby.

So many questions:

  • Where is Pint Baby now?
  • Was it just a gag for the cameras?
  • Why does it look like Pint Baby is holding the glass with the expertise of a noted pintman?

Pint Baby has become a phenomenon overnight after RTÉ journalist Cian McCormack shared a small clip on Facebook:

“You won’t see this on TV nowadays. Look at this ‘pint drinking baby’ in 1997 from RTÉ’s Nationwide.”

Nearly 200,000 views later, Pint Baby has definitely become a thing

People are wondering what became of Pint Baby


This was in 1997 (even though it looks like 1977)

The silver lining here is that it looks like the baba got less than a few mls in before the pint was whipped away again.

A nationwide search is now on to find Pint Baby – we need their take on this revelatory find from the archives.

Would never happen these days.

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David Elkin

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