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9 reasons why being an Irish woman is great

Give yourselves a big bualadh bos.

JUST IN CASE you need a reminder (and we all do, sometimes).

Don’t worry lads, you’ll get your turn soon. 

1. You won’t find better craic in any other country

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Don’t pretend we can’t get up to divilment with the best of them. We are FULL of divilment.

2. And we don’t take any crap

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Remember this Cork girl on First Dates? Just one example of there being absolutely no flies on us.

3. We have the best sense of humour

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Aisling Bea, Maeve Higgins, and Amy Huberman are all being gas tickets on the daily – not to mention the raft of women knocking out the jokes all day, every day on Twitter, too.

4. We’re unreal at sport

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Hi, sorry, just a little thing called the Women’s Six Nations? We sort of dominated that. And do we need to mention Katie Taylor winning her fifth straight World Boxing Championships title last year? Come on now.

5. And we have business handled, too

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To name but a few – Marissa Carter, head of the fake tan empire Cocoa Brown, Sonya Lennon, co-founder of the Irish fashion label Lennon Courtney, the McGinn sisters from style start-up Opsh, and Shawna Scott, who runs the award-winning Sex Siopa. All over it.

6. We’re some of the most beautiful women in the world*

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*According to a survey by a dating site called, but we’ll take all that we can get. And we think it’s true, anyway.

7. We’re not shy about getting our voices heard

Dear Enda, This is what democracy looks like. 15,000 people on the streets of #Dublin. #repealthe8th #ARCmarch15 #marchforchoice Instagram / freesafelegal Instagram / freesafelegal / freesafelegal

Thousands of people turned out for last Saturday’s pro-choice march in Dublin, showing that Irish women can shout very loudly when they have to.

8. Irish female writers are having a major moment

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The voices of Irish female writers are resonating even louder these days, too –  The Long Gaze Back, a newly-released anthology edited by journalist Sinéad Gleeson, showcases the sheer breadth of talent we have to offer.

9. And we are good to each other

#wine #daydrinking #ladiesday #gals #friends #allthewine #winetimes #girlytime #drinks #dublin #dunlaoghaire #irish #irishgals #Ireland Instagram / ormakapay Instagram / ormakapay / ormakapay

Some might like to believe that girls are all in deadly competition with each other, but we know that’s rubbish. We’re all in this together.

H/T The Pool

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