Diary: A pint of Guinness is the real cure for all ills

The Diary raises a glass this week to Sean O’Neill, PR director of Guinness Brewing Worldwide. O’Neill, who, before joining Guinness last summer, was Burson-Marsteller’s director of marketing and corporate communication in Melbourne, has suffered for almost a year with sarcoidosis, a very rare disease linked to the immune system.

The Diary raises a glass this week to Sean O’Neill, PR director of

Guinness Brewing Worldwide. O’Neill, who, before joining Guinness last

summer, was Burson-Marsteller’s director of marketing and corporate

communication in Melbourne, has suffered for almost a year with

sarcoidosis, a very rare disease linked to the immune system.



This would floor most of us but, if that wasn’t enough, O’Neill was

warned off alcohol - a potential problem for anyone in PR, but

particularly someone who fronts one of the world’s best-known

tipples.



’Everyone here has been very good about it,’ he says. ’At any event, no

one ever batted an eyelid when I didn’t drinking Guinness in the

past.’



Thankfully, O’Neill, who - as the name suggests and his job surely

demands - has Irish ancestry and is a past player with the London Irish

RFC, is now recovering and so able to practise what he preaches.



’My first pint of Guinness tasted like the nectar of the gods,’ he

recalls, his eyes misting over, ’I’ve been feeling a lot better since -

I don’t know if it’s connected.’



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