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15 times Irish people went incredibly viral in 2016

Hello world.

1. When a mam in Tallaght joined the family WhatsApp group, she had the best opening line

mamcover Source: Dave McGinn/Twitter

Hello Huffington Post and DailyDot, as the whole world was impressed by one piece of Tallaght wit.

2. When this example of an Irish BBQ hit the front page of Reddit back in April

barbecue Source: Imgur

Over half a million people around the world now know what it’s like.

3. The two lads that covered Adele – and then got to meet her on stage

Source: GLENN & RONAN/YouTube

And casually appeared on Ellen as well.

4. When Mick Konstantin wrote a song for Euro 2016 – and it took over France in the summer

7.5 million views and counting on that video alone.

5. When the Irish fans changed a wheel of a car in France

6. And sang a lullaby to a baby on a Bordeaux train

Source: COYBIG/YouTube


Both incidents made international news – just for pure soundness.

7. When the TG4 Halloween prank took the world by storm

amash1 Source: Mashable

ahuff1 Source: Daily Mail

8. When Kilkenny fan Jennifer Malone consoled Waterford’s Pauric Mahony – it was one of the viral moments of the year

kilkennywaterford Source: The42.ie

9. When a girl in Laois left her Debs for a GAA game and returned later that evening

gaa match Source: Facebook/Shanahoe Ladies Football

For about a week in August, she was the star of Facebook.

10. A Belfast adventurer’s attempt at climbing was GIF heaven back in August

outwest Source: gfycat

And Gfycat promptly delivered.

11. This sensational photo of Castle Island in Roscommon was seen by millions on Reddit too

Housing needed? There's a spare castle on an island in Ireland and it's waiting for you. 🇮🇪 @tourismireland #entdeckeirland

A post shared by max muench | @germanroamers (@muenchmax) on

12. When our Olympic team were compared to Luigi from Mario Kart

luigi Source: Imgur

A comparison seen by 1.3 million people. 

13. This Celtic Cross planted into a Donegal forest was the talk of the internet back in October

5zpj9ot Source: Imgur

14. When someone took a wrong turn on the Wild Atlantic Way in Mayo, the resulting photo was a hit on /r/EarthPorn

image Source: Reddit

15. And finally… when Luke Skywalker himself was spotted all over the island

Source: DonegalTV/YouTube

And the goodbye was just as epic as the visit:

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