132 Of The Best Posts From This Online Group That Perfectly Sum Up Ireland And The Irish Sense Of Humor (New Pics)

Céad míle fáilte! A hundred thousand welcomes! You’d be hard-pressed to find someone on Planet Earth who hasn’t at least heard of Ireland. However, just how much do any of us actually know about the Emerald Isle?

Many people rely on stereotypes and rumors. Thankfully, the r/ireland subreddit exists to give everyone a more in-depth peek at what life there is really like. From posts about news, politics, culture, history, and society to snippets of great Irish humor and memes, the members of the group touch on a bit of everything.

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Scroll down for some of the best and funniest posts from the online group, upvote the ones that you enjoyed the most, and consider joining the subreddit for some more great social insights and jokes. Meanwhile, Bored Panda got in touch with the friendly moderator team running r/ireland, as well as travel and adventure blogger Keith O’Hara, who runs ‘The Irish Road Trip.’ You’ll find both of our interviews below.

When you’ve enjoyed the list to the fullest, consider checking out Bored Panda’s earlier feature about r/ireland, over here.

#1 Truly The Miracle Of Medicine

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One of the moderators in charge of running the r/ireland subreddit was kind enough to tell us about the online community’s roots, what the members are like, and how to tell whether a post is ‘Irish enough’ (and, therefore, fit for the sub) or not. The entire mod team is Irish or from Northern Ireland, however, that’s not a requirement to join them.

“The subreddit has been around a long time, 14 years. Back in those days, there was a huge proliferation of subreddits for different places and r/ireland was one. It’s meant to be a haven for Irish redditors to talk to other Irish redditors about things that are interesting to Irish folks,” the team representative explained to Bored Panda.

“The rest of Reddit is heavily dominated by Americans talking about American stuff in an American way. Our culture is a little more casual and it’s nice to have our own space,” they noted.

#2 Nice Guy

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#3 These Older Lads Standing At The Spire, They Do An Hour Every Tuesday. Huge Respect To Them

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According to the moderator, each country-specific subreddit is going to be “a reflection of that country.” The r/ireland sub is no exception.

“We’re a fun bunch and like to joke around (especially referencing the ‘90s sitcom Father Ted— that’s where our icon comes from), but we also love to argue. Ireland has changed a lot over the last 30 years and the mods see some pretty heated conflicts between our users that would be typical of that.”

They gave Bored Panda some examples of what some of the arguments were about. “A few years ago, r/ireland users were heavily involved in the abortion and gay marriage referendum campaigns. Our users mostly skew liberal and the sub showed that, but when those users ‘have a row’ with some of our right-wing users, it can get pretty messy.”

They continued: “In the past year, we’ve covered some pretty controversial topics like transsexuals in sports, crime in and discrimination against the traveler community (an ethnic group specific to Ireland and the UK), the housing crisis, and the current politically hot topic is how the country should be accommodating asylum seekers.”

#4 Love You Mam, Please Don’t Be Angry

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#5 I Love This

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#6 And The Nominations For Best Irish Business Names Of The Year Are…

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Meanwhile, we were curious about how redditors can tell that their posts are ‘Irish enough’ for r/ireland, so they don’t end up getting removed.

“A post is Irish enough if a) it’s about Ireland, b) it’s about an Irish person, c) it will have a large effect on Ireland, or d) it’s a joke we know our users like.”

The moderator also shared where the line between a regular and a ‘substandard’ post is. “A post is substandard if it looks like it took very little effort to make and is not clever, or a joke that has been overused. A lot of substandard posts are from users that are making an effort,but don’t frequent the subreddit enough to know what’s been said 20 times in the last week… which is probably a good sign for them!”

The only requirements for joining the r/ireland team is to be active when it comes to modding the community, as well as being familiar with the subreddit’s culture. That way, they’ll understand the in-jokes and won’t overreact to normal banter.

“The team rotates pretty frequently because it’s hard work and I know in the past we’ve had mods that weren’t Irish, but had lived in Ireland at some point in their lives.”

#7 The Duality Of Ham

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#8 Lamp Posts In Dublin Holding Hands

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#9 A Beautiful Elegy!

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Bored Panda also reached out to blogger Keith, who runs ‘The Irish Road Trip,’ to get his opinion on life and travel in the country. He was happy to answer our questions.

We were interested to hear how the cost of living crisis has affected Ireland, and whether it’s had much of an impact on travel.

“The changes in the cost of living are affecting different people/families/businesses very differently. Many people are living hand-to-mouth and businesses are closing due to skyrocketing energy bills,” Keith told us that the situation varies a lot.

“Speaking from my own experience, we’re being much more careful about how we use electricity in the house. In particular, we’ve become much more conscious about how and when we turn on the heating,” he said.

#10 A Map Of Éire I Made Using 3D Surface Data And Satellite Imagery, Hope You Enjoy!

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#11 Great Episode!

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#12 Irish Households When The Bill Comes In

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Fortunately, the current economic doom and gloom hasn’t changed how Keith travels. “There’s a lot of talk about how expensive Ireland is, and it absolutely can be. However, there are still plenty of places offering great value (although they can be hard to find!),” the travel blogger told Bored Panda.

“You just need to be prepared to either 1) go mid-week, 2) plan a trip during the quiet season, or 3) step a little off the beaten path.”

#13 Culture Shock

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#14 Strabanimals

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#15 Not For Fire

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Meanwhile, we wanted to find out more about Keith’s passion for travel across Ireland. We also asked him for some advice that he’d give someone who yearns for adventure but might be a tad scared to take the first step.

“Long before creating The Irish Road Trip, I spent a lot of solo trips traveling around Ireland. Back then, heading off into the quieter corners of Ireland, like the Beara Peninsula, helped me clear my head,” he opened up to Bored Panda.

“Fast forward 5 or so years and the one thing that, even after hundreds of trips around the island, keeps me excited about exploring is that you always, without fail, discover some ‘new’ landscape that you previously never knew existed.”

According to adventurer Keith, a big part of the fear that surrounds traveling somewhere is “often the unknown.”

“The best bit of advice that I can give someone that’s wary about planning a trip to Ireland is to dedicate a good chunk of time to mapping out their itinerary.” He added: “We’re in the process of publishing the largest library of Irish Road Trip itineraries so they could always start there!”

#16 Tyrone Man Here, First Time In The Big Smoke Today, Loved The Futuristic Urinals, They Make A Mad Mess Though

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#17 3 Days Before D-Day, A 21 Year Old Irish Woman Named Maureen Flavin Took Her Hourly Barometer Reading And Sent It To Dublin. She Had No Idea That This Single Data Point Would Be Sent Directly To Eisenhower And Averted Disaster By Delaying D-Day Due To An Incoming Storm

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#18 Who’s Laughing Now!

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The r/ireland subreddit has been around for nearly 15 years! It was originally created all the way back in March, 2008. In that time, the community moderators have helped build a flourishing online community.

At the time of writing, the sub had 625k members. A whopping increase of over 100k internet users since the last time Bored Panda featured the community’s posts. 

#19 This Sly Lad Tried To Rob My Trail Camera

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#20 Irish Woman Mocks British Soldier For Being Short, Creggan, Derry 1972

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#21 Oh How The Turns Have Tabled

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In order to have a healthy and happy online community, all members need to be aware of the rules and keep them front-of-mind before posting and commenting on anything.

For example, the moderator team’s main priority is to create a high-quality online group. There’s zero tolerance for abuse or hate speech, there’s no room for spam or self-promotion. Meanwhile, all of the posts have to be related to Ireland: they can’t be “substandard or generic.”

Repetitive and low-effort content can get removed, for the sake of the subreddit’s overall quality. That’s a good thing. Pretty much everyone wants to have high-quality infotainment in their feeds, instead of having to endlessly scroll through filler posts.

#22 Well Well Well

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#23 Ulster Unionist: Irish Is “Nonsense” That Nobody Understands

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#24 Which One Are We Again?

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Something that we love about r/ireland is the community’s grounded approach to the news. The team running the whole show notes that the sub “is not a source for driving pageviews and ad-clicks through hysteria and fabricated reporting.” As such, any tabloid or non-news source links will be removed. Again, members are encouraged to make an effort when they post something.

Meanwhile, if you happen to have some specific questions or advice on tourism, immigration, and studying in Ireland, then r/ireland might actually not be the best sub for this. You might want to hop on to r/irishtourism for tourism advice, r/MoveToIreland for immigration tips, and r/StudyInIreland if you plan to study there.

There’s a huge support network on Reddit for the people living in Ireland or hoping to do so in the near future—you just need to know where to look.

#25 Halloween Costume

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#26 Rental Crisis In A Photo. Viewings For A 1 Bed 1 Bath

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#27 Most True Meme Ive Ever Seen

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The cost of living crisis has affected Ireland, just like many other developed nations. The inflation rate in the country stood at 8.9% in November 2022, dropping slightly from 9.2% in October. Housing and utility prices soared the most last year: they stood at 27.8% in October, easing to 27.1% in November. Meanwhile, the annual inflation rate for food and beverage costs was 11.2% in November, up slightly from 10.6% in October.

However, what probably hurts people’s wallets the most is the cost of housing. According to RTE, citing the Banking and Payments Federation of Ireland, the average price of rent in the country has increased by a whopping 82% over the past 12 years. That’s compared to the 18% average in the rest of the European Union.

Ireland currently has just over 5 million people and the population has been slowly but steadily growing over the decades. In 2005, the country’s population stood at 4.1 million; in 1990 it was 3.5 million; and 3.1 million people lived on the Emerland Isle in 1975.

#28 Irish Girlfriend, No Offence, Just My Observation. Probably Her Fault Haha

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#29 Your Ma In The 80’s Watching You Open Up Christmas Presents

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#30 During The Great Irish Famine, Ottoman Sultan Abdulmecid Declared His Intention To Send 10,000£ To Aid The Irish People. However, Queen Victoria Intervened And Requested That The Sultan Send Only 1,000£. So The Sultan Sent 1,000£, But He Also Sent Five Ships Full Of Food Secretly

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15,000 years ago, Ireland was completely covered by glaciers. As the sheets of ice moved, they completely stripped the soil in some places, leaving only limestone ground. Meanwhile, the peat bogs that you can find in the midlands and the west coast of the island are all the remains of the ancient lakes that were left by the glaciers. 

According to archeologists, the first people to settle in Ireland arrived on the island around 6000 BC. 2,500 years after that point, they were using stone tools to clear land for farming. By 700 BC, the Celts began to settle on the Emerald Isle. 

By the ninth century, Vikings began raiding Ireland. Their settlements later become some of the main cities on the island. That includes Dublin, the capital! By 1170, the Norman Vikings who had taken over England also invaded Ireland—the island became English territory. This lasted until 1922, until violent uprisings forged the Irish Free State. In 1948, Ireland became independent while six counties that made up Northern Ireland remained a part of Britain. The r/ireland subreddit was founded just as the global financial crisis hit the country. And here we are, now, at the edge of another recession.

#31 Jk

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#32 Unsolicited D*ck Pics On A Train

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#33 This New Sign They’ve Put Up In Work To Welcome Us Back In The Office

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#34 Bill Hicks Was Right

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#35 Just Saw A Horse Carriage Going Into The Finglas Tesco Parking Lot. I’m New In Ireland Is This The Norm Here?

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#36 My Mum’s Friend Had A Cataract Operation The Other Day, And This Warning Came With Her Eye Drops

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#37 Had An Awesome Time In Ireland, Just Wanted To Leave You My Favorite Photo Of My Trip!

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#38 Wat Yeww Lookin Ah

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#39 The Left Is An “Atlantic Rainforest”, Teeming With Life. Ireland’s Natural State If Left To Nature. The Right Is Currently What Rural Ireland Looks Like. A Monocultural Wasteland

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#40 Probably More Than A Few People On This Sub

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#41 Airbnb Needs To Be Banned Outright. That Many Houses For Short Term Let Is A Major Factor In Why We All Pay Through The Nose For Rent

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#42 The Year 2522, Dublin. Archaeologists Uncover Mysterious Rows Of Frozen Humans. It’s Assumed They Were Moving So Slow, They Became Fossilised Mid-Walk

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#43 Greetings From Germany Where The Irish Flag Is Now Used For The English Text. (Thanks, Brexit?)

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#44 Everyday A New Low

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#45 We Have A Guest In The House This Week. First She Gives Us All Covid, Now This

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#46 The Struggles Of Trying To Stay Strong When Doing The Big Shop

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#47 Ww2 Map Of Ireland To Deter Invaders; Published In The Irish Satirical Magazine ‘The Dublin Opinion’ In August 1940

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#48 Accurate

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#49 Green Energy Is The Way Forward

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#50 There Was A Post Yesterday With Hammer And Sickles And People Were Shouting “Commie”, Just A Reminder What One Of The Leaders Of The Rising Had To Say About Capitalism

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#51 Nothing To See Here

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#52 Ryanair Changes Flight From Faro, Portugal To Malaga, Spain Without Informing Passengers

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#53 This Aita Post

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#54 Love The Ryanair Social Media Team

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#55 Positive Bike News Is Important. 5 Times Quicker Commute By Bike

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#56 Social Media

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#57 Moved To Dublin Fro The Country, Do Dubs Really Eat This Or Is It A Gimmick For The Tourists And Blow-Ins?

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#58 Well F**k

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#59 Galway Man, Damien Browne, Has Become The 1st Person In History To Row Fro Nee York To Galway. Let’s Celebrate This Amazing Achievement!

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#60 The Independent Still Trying To Make Us Believe That The Housing Crisis Is Not That Bad And That Living At Home With Your Parents At 40 Is Actually A Good Thing. What Is Happening To Our Country?

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#61 We Have So Many Now

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#62 Happy Budget Day

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#63 Sorry About The Famine, Ireland (Credit: Martin Rosner)

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#64 True Witches

Editor’s note: Irish accent translated: You can bring your water through (true) with you (with yiz – witches)

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#65 A Cloud-Free Shot Of Ireland Sent To Skibbereen Heritage By A Local Who Works For Nasa

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#66 That’s A Lovely Baby Guinness You Have There

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#67 Everyone After The 3 Day Weekend

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#68 Ireland Is The Third Safest Country In The World

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#69 Credit: Waterford Whispers

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#70 Lads Why Is There A Pro Life “Bye Roe” March In Dublin In 2022? Really Thought We Are Better Than That

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#71 Something Ffg Will Never Understand

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#72 I Think It Was Illegal To Not Have One Of These In Your House Growing Up

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#73 Housing Crisis Hitting Harder Everyday. We Are Now Begging For A Couch!

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#74 Loyalists Appalled By Irish Girls Singing A Chant That They Really Didn’t Mean To Cause Any Offence By

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#75 You Gotta Admire Ryanair For Having A Sense Of Humour

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#76 Hugh Cahill On Twitter:

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#77 Big Thank You To Everyone Who Came Out To Our Repair Cafe, Big Success !

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#78 Saturday Mornings

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#79 100 Years Ago Today (28 June 1922) Smoke Rises From The Four Courts On The First Day Of The Civil War

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#80 What Could Wales Be Accuing Waterford Of?

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#81 No Surrender

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#82 The Catalina Wine Mixer Of Dublin

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#83 When Leo Said They’re Doing Everything They Can To Fix The Housing Crisis

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#84 Small Businesses Will Begoing To The Wall With These Power Costs

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#85 Anglesea Street Garda Station, Cork. I See Your Angry Robot From Limerick And Raise You Bender From Cork

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#86 Geeewan The Lads

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#87 Stupid Alcohol Laws

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#88 In The Words Of ‘The Bull’ Mccabe, “Go Home, Yank”

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#89 My Grandmother Outside Of Mitchelstown, 1950’s

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#90 The Evolution Of A Plonker

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#91 I Know People Find Generic Scenicposting A Bit Annoying But I Cycled From Tralee To Dingle (And Back) For The First Time Today And Was Very Proud Of Myself

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#92 The One True Way To Tell Summer Has Arrived In Ireland

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#93 We Rode Our Bikes 2,600 Kilometers Around Ireland And Had A Ball. Highlight Was Getting Invited For Hot Whiskey And A Place To Sleep By A Sheep Farmer On A Rainy Night

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#94 Mullingar Along The Royal Canal Yesterday Morning

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#95 Honestly, Why I Love Ireland

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#96 Helped The Wife Make A Food Board For Her Hocus Pocus Night With The Girls

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#97 The Fastest Irish Man, Ever. Israel Olatunde, 100 Meters In 10.17 Seconds

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#98 The Writing Is On The Wall!

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#99 The Queue At Terminal 1 Is Getting Out Of Hand

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#100 Ryanair: James Corden Banned From Ryanair

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#101 Just Elon Stuff

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#102 F**k Electric Cars

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#103 Seriously, When Is The Government Going To Step In?

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#104 Is There Any Serious Way The Ff, Fg Gov Can Fix This

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#105 Autumn Sky In Ireland Has My Heart

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#106 Spotted In Waterford

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#107 2 Completely Different Things

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#108 Deceptive Tipping Amount

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#109 Ah Now Lads

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#110 Miggeldy Is A Wise One

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#111 I Know Wages Are Generally Lower In Spain, But It’s Still A Joke

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#112 Country’s F**ked, Another Reason To Not Return To The Office, Couldn’t Believe This “Deal”

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#113 The Way It Should Be

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#114 South Korea (Population 52m) Is Roughly The Same Size As Ireland (Population 7m, Whole Island)

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#115 Half Of This Sub Now

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#116 Are You In Favour Of School Uniforms?

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#117 Chemical Bros Ditch Cork To Play Glastonbury. Claim Band Has Covid

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#118 Why Is There No Windows On This Building In Limerick?

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#119 I Thought That Might Fit Here

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#120 Managed To Capture A Photo Of The Lightning Last Night In Dublin

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#121 Celebrating A Towering Symbol Of Hate Is A Bit Weird. Good For Them That They Got The Photo Before The Tricolours Are Added – Can Totally Whitewash The Hatred

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#122 Just Finished This Piece Of Portmarnock Beach, Inspired By The Heatwave

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#123 Kerrygold A Hit With The American Black Community, A Great Bunch Of Lads

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#124 5th In The World!

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#125 Happy Long Weekend Everyone!

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#126 It’s That Time Of Year Where I’m Reminded That There Are Actual People Who Walk Among Us That Enjoy These

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#127 Spotted In Ennis, Co. Clare

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#128 Virtue Signalling

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#129 Was Walking By The Canal This Morning. Seems A Garth Brooks Fan Dissolved Over The Weekend

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#130 24 Hours After He Was Invited To Speak On The Issues Of Drug Decriminalization In The Dail

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#131 Passports Will Be Revoked

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#132 U/Chipper6412’s Brilliant Ireland Triskele Map For The Sub Image

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