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Irish pub in Guam says locals 'mellow' despite North Korea threat

Sean Hale said they're "still barbecuing every day at the beach" despite the missile threat
Brendan Hughes

THE manager of an Irish pub in Guam has said the locals are "very mellow" and not concerned about the missile threat from North Korea.

Sean Hale, who has Irish ancestry, said: "We're still barbecuing every day at the beach and I still go to work every day."

The 37-year-old is general manager of Shamrock's Gastropub, one of two Irish bars at the US territory in the west Pacific ocean.

North Korea has announced plans to fire missiles near Guam in a growing exchange of threats with US president Donald Trump.

But speaking from the island Mr Hale, who was born and raised there, said most people remain unfazed.

"There's a lot of news companies out here like CNN and they have been interviewing people," he said.

"We're not too threatened by it. There are some people stressed out about it but most are just living their day-to-day lives.

"We're honestly not worried about it. The military force here is really good, our missile defence here is really good.

"Of course you always get those people who are very paranoid. They tend to get all worried about the whole missile thing.

"But the majority of the population are pretty much acting like nothing is going on."

Mr Hale described himself as a "very proud Irishman" and said many people living in Guam have links to Ireland.

"People in Guam just love the whole Irish feel and there's a lot of Irish descendants – St Patrick's is one of our main holidays out here," he said.

"It's a great place to disappear and enjoy the beach. The place is beautiful, the people are extremely friendly and the food is phenomenal. It's all round just very mellow and laid back."

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