Ale drinker and enthusiast Tom Craig was surprised to find out on Wednesday afternoon that he accidentally signed up to become a member of the Irish revolutionary organisation referred to as the IRA.
Craig, a first year zoology student, made the blunder after attending the Real Ale Soc AGM at the Highbury Vaults last week. It is understood that he was misled by the fact that attendees of the meeting were communicating mainly using acronyms.
‘Everyone kept bantering back and forth, saying stuff like “CAMRA!”, “IPA!” and “ABV!”’, Tom told The Whip.
‘It was a proper laugh, and I thought I’d join in by name-dropping a few hoppy boys like Doombar and even some barley wines I knew, but everyone just went dead silent and looked at me like I was an Arsenal fan.
‘I didn’t have a clue what was going on, and it was only when I researched what they meant that I stumbled across the IRA. I read about Martin McGuinness, and the Provisional IRA, Continuity IRA and Real IRA. They all just sounded like different malty blends, so I thought I’d sign up. I had no idea I was joining a terrorist organisation, I just assumed Margaret Thatchers was the rival leader in Cider Soc.
‘Most of my friends have been pretty forgiving, but a lot have told me I shouldn’t have been allowed into university’.