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11 times Liveline was a window into the nation’s soul

Where would we be without it?

24/12/2012. Joe Duffy Shows on Grafton Street Source: Sam Boal/

1. Liveline is the home of unintentional Irish improv comedy

2. And people passionately defending their points of view as a matter of life and death


3. Of course, Liveline is the inspiration for the Joe Duffy soundboard – which all people should try out at least once

clamnuts Source: joeduffysoundboard Tumblr

4. Nuggets of wisdom come from the callers on a daily basis

disagree Source: @sjanemurf Twitter

5. But you’ll also have thoughts equating to “god, I hope visitors to Ireland aren’t listening”

talkto1 Source: RTE

6. Accusations fly on air

7. And, naturally, some people can get a little tongue-tied

8. When Blindboy explained to the nation the artistic integrity of Horse Outside

Source: stevenflynn17/YouTube

9. And those moments where a wonderful catchphrase is born

10. Who could forget the day the phone lines went down and we had nobody to give out to?

11. And that time Liveline summed up a nation in distress back in 2014

Never change <3

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David Elkin

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