We came across this in the excellent book ‘Dublin pub life and lore’ by Kevin C Kearns. It seems bizarre that these men were referred to as ‘pintmen’, as if it were some kind of profession. I wonder was there more of a head on the pints in those days or whether they weren’t quite as alcoholic. 30 as an awful lot of pints.
The book goes on to wax lyrical about the ‘Pintmen’: ‘Upon closer scrutiny, pintmen exude a sort of spiritual aura when in union with their pint. An ethereal look can be seen in their eyes as they are transported beyond spatial and temporal bounds.’