KILKENNY -- This blog generates e-mail requests for information about Ireland at least three times a month. So, in a move to pre-empt a question about Irish beer, I offer this important advice: Avoid Harp Beer. It's awful. Stick with real Guinness or Smithwick's or any international yellow beer. No matter how old you are, a proper bar will ask for your ID if you ask for a Harp. The staff need to know the crazies by name.