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15 times Irish people represented us really well abroad in 2017


1. When a group of Irish friends at Glastonbury made the best Father Ted flags for Radiohead

radiohead2 Source: Hannah O'Connell

2. There was the Irish newsreader in Scotland who heroically held it together live on air

3. Everyone who participated in this “Things Not To Say To Irish People” video for the BBC deserve to be acknowledged for services to Irish emigrants this year

Source: BBC Three/YouTube

Noble work.

4. The Irish veterinary nurse in Perth who customises dog casts to cheer up their families

moe Source: Kate Doyle

moe2 Source: Kate Doyle

5. When this woman living in Dubai had a ‘Mayo For Sam’ themed hen party

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yacht Source: Órla Derrane

So close again this year.

6. Anyone who spotted this Wexford Bus in Nepal and reported the news home with glee

7. When this Galway man got on live Canadian TV and explained that their sports fans aren’t passionate enough

8. When Birds Eye pulled Potato Waffles from Australia, this Irish mam stockpiled 1300 of them


They’d worked so hard to get them there in the first place.

9. Of course, there was the man who’s launched a campaign to bring Buckfast down under

campaigntobring Source: Facebook

10. Then there was this professional-looking flag being waved at Glastonbury

Literally flying the flag.

11. When this guy ended up getting a ‘Despacito’ tattoo live on Good Morning Britain while on holiday in Magaluf

Source: Good Morning Britain/YouTube

12. Everyone who went all out for the Repeal the 8th demonstrations in foreign cities – including Mrs Doyle showing up

13. When a group of emigrants started finding the closest thing abroad to a chicken fillet roll and giving it a full review

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14. When Chris O’Dowd responded to Mike Pence’s Paddy’s Day tweet

your Source: Chris O'Dowd/Twitter

15. And finally… this Irish barman in New York asking Justin Bieber for ID because he didn’t recognise him

tullamore Source: Tullamore Tribune

“He came up and asked for a bottle of Corona and I asked him for his ID.”

Heroes all.

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