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What's the greatest episode of Irish television, ever?

The Den? Glenroe? The Family? Hands?

A POLL CARRIED out recently on behalf of UPC revealed what Ireland’s favourite TV moments are, from Riverdance to Fair City’s first gay kiss in 1996.

Katie Taylor’s gold medal win, Packie Bonner saving the penalty at Italia ’90 and Queen Elizabeth II’s visit to Ireland make the list too.

We’re going a little deeper and trying to identify some of the greatest episodes of Irish television ever.

Let us know your favourite memories in the comments section… here are a few to get you started:

The episode of Bosco where they went to the bottling factory

Usually they went to the zoo through the magic door

But there was the odd occasion when they would splash out and go to a meat processing plant, a sorting office, or even the Ringsend bottling plant (which sadly is no more)…

And of course there were the times that this happened:

The Know Your Sport episode where the fella had obviously met the mystery guest in the car park beforehand

That’s the only explanation for how he got the answer so quickly.


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The episode of Glenroe where Fidelma and Miley were caught rapid

Christmas 1997 saw the country thrown into turmoil with the shock of Miley Byrne rolling in the hay with Biddy’s cousin Fidelma.

Three’s company… (via Irish Nostalgia)

The Den Christmas Special where Ray’s Scent of Man was stolen

Even Crimeline got involved!


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Riverdance on the Eurovision

Not really an episode per se, but everyone remembers where they were when this particular Eurovision moment was broadcast.


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The episode of The Den where this child didn’t understand the game

The helpless laughter really makes it.


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The finale of The Family

Roddy Doyle’s brutal (in a good way) drama took place over four episodes, each telling the story of one member of The Family; Charlo, his wife Paula and their children Leanne and John Paul.

Paula’s episode was the fourth and final installment of a landmark series for Irish TV.

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The episode of Hands where they made butter in Fermanagh

Any episode of the RTÉ series Hands could make the list, to be fair.


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Liam and Eoghan’s gay kiss on Fair City

This 1996 lip locker was the first ever gay kiss on Irish television.

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Do you have a favourite episode of Irish telly? Let us know in the comments section…

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