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ionsaí ibiza

Remember when TG4 sent Hector and over 100 Irish people to Ibiza for a documentary?

A nature doc of a different kind.

IT’S ALMOST 16 year since TG4 aired Ionsaí Ibiza, or ‘Siege Of Ibiza’, if you’re not liofa.

Back in September 2001, Galway-based (and now defunct) sent 102 Irish clubbers away to Ibiza to party for a week, with Hector and DJ Cian Ó Cíobháin in tow.

So basically, they went over on the piss, cleverly disguising it as a documentary. Very well played.

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Side note – imagine sitting next to Hector on a plane for any length of time.

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(Not to mention the fact that their particular flight was delayed by SEVEN HOURS).

The lads dropped some serious geographical knowledge on the people of Ireland – Ibiza is 48 miles long, 16 miles wide and, at the time, was home to seven superclubs.

Cut to a gratuitous shots of Hector and Cian dancing.

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Cop that hand space – because even back in 2001, the lads knew not to touch gals without their consent.

Hector also gave us a brief history of the island – all while floating shirtless in a dinghy.

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“Every day’s a school day”, and all that jazz.

The lads obviously perused some famous clubs while they were over, including Amnesia, Pasha and Space.

Space (R.I.P.) used to hold ‘Sunday Sessions’ from 1999 until its closure in 2016, in which the club opened at 4:30pm on Sunday and closed at 6am Monday morning.

Hector got some visiting Brits to say “tog go bodh é on the West End …


… And Hector had this reaction after two women voluntarily exposed their breasts to him.

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Cian compared it to “Wren’s Day down in Dingle”. Yep, exactly like it.

The incident prompted Hector to put this tough question to viewers watching:


What’s most incredible about this is that there is actually no direct Irish translation for the phrase “tits out for the lads”. (Might be one to ask @TheIrishFor about on Twitter).

There were some good points raised on the programme though – Kevin Healy of made the point that Irish DJs are “as a good as everybody else around the world”.

They’re just not getting the profile, they’re not getting the hype that the English guys get.”
So what we’re trying to do is promote the Irish dancing [music scene]. It’s as good as anywhere else in the world.”

Here here!

We recommend watching the full documentary here – or you can view the full thing below, with or without subtitles.

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