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9 ways Ireland has gone crazy for the Obamas' visit

Seriously, guys. This place is unrecognisable.

1. There are Secret Service on our streets

Photocall Ireland

2. And on our tractors

3. Enda Kenny has cheered up and started cracking jokes about yellow trousers

Speaking off camera Kenny joked to journalists: “I forgot the yellow trousers today” – a reference to former taoiseach Bertie Ahern’s infamous canary yellow number at the G8 Summit in Mexico nine years ago (see far left)

TheJournal.ie

4. We’ve changed the names of our shops

Photo: @CornerNoteCafe

4. Haircuts are a topic of national discussion

via UTV

5. The G8 leaders had ‘British Isles’ cheeses, and nobody is even complaining

David Cameron/Twitter

6. The international media have been forced to admit that Ireland is awesome

First, Good Morning America tweeted this:

And then, after a few well-judged responses…

They backed the hell down.

(By deleting the tweet.)

7. Meanwhile, our local media are so overexcited they’ve forgotten what the Obamas look like

Aaron McAllorum/Twitter

8. Our politicians have dropped everything and are doing the Mexican wave

Having the time of their LIVES.

via @GerryAdamsSF

9. And finally, the most momentous change of all…

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Are you ready?

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You should probably sit down for this.

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Today for probably the first time in Irish history, hundreds of people queued up to NOT go into a pub.

Finnegans/Facebook

This changes everything.

Did you catch these Obama-related things that happened today?>

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