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03rd Jun 2022

Who would make up the Irish Royal Family, as voted by you

Katy Thornton

For the weekend that’s in it, of course.

Yes, as someone pointed out, we don’t have a Royal Family, but in light of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, we couldn’t help but wonder who would make up an Irish Royal Family. While we had some thoughts of our own, we took to Instagram stories to put the question to the public, and you didn’t disappoint with your answers. So before we get into some of my top choices, let’s have a look at yours.

The Corrs

For “Breathless”, and “Breathless” alone, The Corrs are in the running for the a spot on the Irish Royal Family. A truly iconic vote that we 10/10 agree with.

Amy Huberman and Brian O’Driscoll

This duo were always in with a fair shot, but Amy sealed the deal for them with her stellar guest appearance on Derry Girls.

Micky D Higgins

Imagine my pure delight to discover that there’s a verified Michael D Higgins Instagram account (that hasn’t been active since 2018, but that’s neither here nor there). He and his wife Sabina are perfect candidates for the Irish royal family.

Johnny Sexton

Look, it’s important that every Royal Family has people with multiple talents; Johnny Sexton is therefore the sporty one.

Daniel and Majella

I mean… does this not kind of speak for itself?

Mary and John from Father Ted

As do this duo. While we’d love to nominate the whole cast of Father Ted, we won’t be greedy.

Image via Flickr

Brendan Gleeson and his lads

Our absolute favourite acting family, Brendan Gleeson and his sons could run the whole damn country. Though they’ve collectively had many iconic performances, Brendan as Knuckles McGinty in Paddington 2 is what we’re putting forward as his nomination.

Our vote

Look, we had some great votes there. Truly. And I agree with them all; they’re all candidates for the Irish Royal Family. But I think we were perhaps doing a disservice to a few people, like the people’s princess Nicola Coughlan, or the nation’s favourite Liam Neeson. Somehow there was not one vote for Maura Higgins, who put Longford on the map for many international Love Island viewers. Or Paul Mescal, who made neck-chains and GAA shorts something worthy of the MET Gala.

And honestly, how no one voted for Jedward is a little jarring to me. Everyone needs to take a good long look at themselves.

Finally, every Royal Family needs a mascot, if you will. Personally, in place of the Queen’s corgis I think Bród, Misneach, and Fungie (gone but not forgotten) would do nicely.

We undoubtedly missed out on a few people, so do let us know who else deserves a spot in the Irish Royal Family. Who knows, new boy Dami going into the Love Island villa next week could be a prime candidate (if this doesn’t age well, don’t come for me, I’m not a fortune teller). Part two incoming… watch this space.

Header image via Instagram/michaeldhiggins2018

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