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11 reasons why Liveline will always be dear to Irish people's hearts

We will always want to Talk To Joe <3

1. You barely know your own phone number, but you’ll always remember Liveline’s

joeduffy Source: RTÉ

Eighteen fifty, seven one five, eight one five.

2. “I’ll be ringing Joe Duffy about this” is an excellent threat

You may not have a notion of doing anything, but you’re fairly confident it’ll put the fear of God in any customer service representative.

3. The theme song is a banger

Source: MrHopeTelevision/YouTube

*fist pumps along* YAAAAASS.

4. And who among us has not attempted the cry of JOOOOOE DUFFFAAAAAYY that plays at the start of every show

RTÉ's 'Reflecting the Rising' - Faded Colour Source: Ray McManus/SPORTSFILE

Why does that open the show every day? Please let us know, Joe.

5. No one seems to enjoy Funny Friday, but they still listen in

If that’s not proof of great devotion, we don’t know what is.

6. “It’s a disgrace, Joe” has entered the national lexicon

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It’s even been memorialised in zine form by the illustrator Fuchsia Macaree.

7. Because he’s the only man to call when there’s a crisis

So many grievances in need of an airing.

8. Even if he doesn’t always get it right

unadulterated Source: TheJournal.ie

Wind your neck in, Joe.

9. And he’ll never be down with the kids

Just listen to him talking to a student about NUIG’s Donegal Tuesday tradition here:

Student: February is kind of the designated month for drinking.
Joe: ARE YOU HAVING ME ON?!

10. But it’s been proven that the country can’t function when it’s not able to Talk To Joe

Remember that day when the studio phone lines went down? It was the first recorded instance of music being played on Liveline. Let’s hope it’s also the last.

11. And people truly regret missing out on a particularly explosive episode

Source: MarkDanielKerry/YouTube

Such is the power of Joe.

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