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07th Oct 2021

Twitter reacts to the news The Den won’t be returning

Fiona Frawley

If you grew up in Ireland, you most likely spent a huge chunk of childhood plodded in front of the telly playing along with the Yes No Game Show or dreaming of the day you’d get a mention on the Happy Birthday roll call.

It’s an Irish institution and let’s not lie to ourselves, we all have at least one of Dustin’s albums at home. Nothing but bangers on every one of them.

So naturally, when the news was confirmed during the week that The Den wouldn’t be returning, there was a huge reaction.

According to, a statement from the broadcaster on Tuesday night said: “The return of The Den to our screens was a huge success on RTÉ One, however there are no plans for a new season at this time.”

The beloved show returned during the second lockdown with a reunion of Ray Darcy, Zig and Zag and Dustin for the first time since the 90s. They welcomed rising Irish stars such as CMAT and comedian Sinead Quinlan, as well as household names like Stephen Fry and Mark Hamill.

Reactions have flooded in on Twitter from Irish broadcasters and The Den fans alike, with viewers sharing fond memories of the show and expressing what a joy it was to introduce it to their own children.

RTÉ have added that they will not be making any further comment outside of the statement.

Since the online outpouring of love for The Den, the production whizzes behind Zig and Zag have been sharing old school throwbacks of the show on their Twitter. If you’re feeling nostalgic, I suggest a deep dive.

Header image via Twitter/DoubleZCreative

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