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Hundreds of Irish people came together to write this beautiful poem about our little country

It’d bring a tear to a glass eye.

WHAT IS IRELAND, really? A big bundle of quirks and contradictions, if this lovely poem is anything to go by.

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Earlier this month, Carlow comedian Aidan Strangeman asked the members of the enormously popular Oh My God What A Complete Aisling (OMGWACA) Facebook group to contribute a line to a poem called ‘Ireland Is…’, inspired by poet Colm Keegan.

People responded in their hundreds, and Strangeman put the most popular lines together to create a funny and often poignant poem about today’s Ireland.

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‘Ireland Is…’ was so well-received on OMGWACA that he decided to turn it into a video in aid of Focus Ireland (you can donate to here), writing on Facebook:

It was suggested we should make a video with various OMGWACA members saying selected lines for a charitable cause, and given the references to the house and home, Focus Ireland was the obvious choice.

“This is a poem about how important home is to all of us,” he said. “It is disgraceful that so many will be without a home this Christmas.”

Irish people from all over the world took part, and the resulting video beautifully brings the poem to life:

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If that doesn’t get you misty eyed… Well done to all who took part!

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