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State Papers

How's your memory? Do you recall how much a round of drinks was in 1983?

Let’s look at a government bill from when Robert Mugabe visited this island.

WHEN ZIMBABWE’S THEN-Prime Minister Robert Mugabe visited Ireland in 1983, he was treated to some top Dublin hospitality.

During a working lunch in Iveagh House, there was no shortage of alcoholic beverages. Hennessy, Winter’s Tale, some Baileys Cream and a few Smithwick’s were all ordered in Iveagh House on 8th December 1983.

The cost for the whole lot? £148.70.

That works out at 60p for a pint of Stout, £2.28 for a brandy and £20 for a bottle of vintage port.

Check out the bill, which was covered by the Taoiseach’s people:

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Thirty years on, look what happened.

For further study, see the National Archives Ref 2013/100/968

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