However, in a visit to Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show" this week, he stepped in it, historically.
Leary, there to publicize the final-season debut of his FX channel show "Rescue Me," got to talking about potato vodka. Quoth he: "The thing for Irish guys is we're always amazed. ... We can't believe we had potatoes for years and we didn't invent potato vodka."
Well, Denis, "we" did.
The potato was introduced to Ireland in 1589 by the adventurous Sir Walter Raleigh at his Myrtle Grove estate in County Cork. It quickly became a staple of the Irish diet, and was used in combination with malt yeast, barley, sugar and water to create a baor (beer) after fermentation for several weeks in wooden barrels. Later, some of it was distilled into the clear spirit that goes by many names in many countries, but all boils down to vodka.
Today, Boru is the top-selling Irish potato vodka.
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