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7 things we'd like to see on the new passports

Some alternative suggestions for the new design.

File pics Two employees of the Passport Office have been arrested as part of an investigation into passport fraud. Eamonn Farrell / Photocall Ireland Eamonn Farrell / Photocall Ireland / Photocall Ireland

GOODBYE PLAIN, UGLY blue pages of old.

Hello to the new Irish passport, which will feature some iconic Irish landmarks like the Aviva Stadium and the Rock of Cashel, as well as musical notes from the Irish national anthem and a bit of poetry from Yeats.

Nice and all but it’s a little done, no?

Here’s what we’d like to see on the new passports.

Our favourite classic Irish pop group

D SIDE BOY BANDS Leon Farrell / Photocall Ireland Leon Farrell / Photocall Ireland / Photocall Ireland

There are so many to choose from: Boyzone, Westlife and B*Witched, of course, but who can forget D-Side (above) or the Carter Twins?

Brenda Fricker as Mrs Brown in My Left Foot

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A tribute to the Irish mammy you’re leaving behind, whether it’s for a two-week holiday or a longer trip “out foreign”.

(Ooh, ah) Paul McGrath 

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Interchangeable with your favourite member of the Italia 90 squad.

Amy Huberman’s tweets




A new brand of Irish wit to line the margins of our snazzy new passports.

Riverdance lineup

Riverdance farewell tour PA Archive / Press Association Images PA Archive / Press Association Images / Press Association Images

Petition to the Irish government to make it a musical passport, so when you open it at check in you and everyone around you can get a blast of THIS:

Philip Preeo

Craggy Island’s shipwreck

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AKA the MV Plassey, shipwrecked on Inisheer, Aran Islands in 1960. An iconic Irish landmark if there ever was one.

A chicken fillet roll

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Surely a more iconic Irish foodstuff than the stew at this stage, and a nice reminder of home life for students away on their J1s.

What Irish icon would you put on your passport? Choose carefully – it’ll be with you for the next ten years.

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