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Guinness screws up St Patrick’s Day ad

Guinness, the beer brand so closely associated with Ireland, has come under fire for making a clear mistake in its St Patrick’s Day advertising – can you tell what it is?

(Photo: Twitter)

Guinness posters featuring a four-leaf clover instead a shamrock – the symbolic Irish plant –  have been seen at a Canadian train station and mocked online.

Pictures show the poster reading: “Preferred Foliage”, with “March 16th” appearing under a maple leaf – which is typically associated with Canada.

Next to this, “March 17th”, the date of St Patricks Day, appears underneath a four-leaf clover when it should be a three-leafed shamrock.

The shamrock is thought to have been used by St Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, to illustrate the Christian Holy Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

(Photo: Twitter)

The pictures were taken at St Patricks Station in Toronto, Canada, and were posted online with withering rebukes for Guinness.

Judith Gannon wrote: “I thought if anyone would be able to get a shamrock right it would be @guinnesscanada. I guess not.”

Guinness have reportedly removed the ad and apologised.

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