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11 Ludicrous News Stories Which Rocked Ireland To Its Very Core

By James Fenton

April 8, 2018 at 8:10pm


Us Irish have always been a bunch who wear our hearts on our sleeve. 

While this is generally an admirable trait, sometimes it means that emotions spill over a little too easily. 

Which is why we sometimes turn fairly mundane news events into national and international scandals.

How many of these do you remember and which ones have we left out? Let us know in the comments. 

1. Bertie's yellow suit

Say what you want about the man, he knows how to capture attention.

Here he is representing the European Union as part of Ireland's presidency duties, at the G8 leaders' summit in 2004.

2. The Saipan incident

Roy Keane vs Mick McCarthy. Who's side were you on?

This was the football row which split the nation and spawned countless books, musicals and indeed punch-ups.

Has there ever been a more anticipated interview on Irish TV than this? 

3. The Garth Brooks fiasco

Legendary Country Music singer cancels five Irish gigs due to disagreement with Drumcondra residents. Of course. 

4. Brian Cowen's weary radio interview

The Taoiseach was "somewhere between drunk and hungover," according to accusations bandied about in many circles.

5. The man who slipped on the ice

He remains a national hero to this day. 

6. Michaela McCollum's hun bun

The rather serious allegations of drug smuggling were overshadowed by the Tyrone woman's hairdo. 

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7. When Barack Obama drank a pint in Offaly

You could hear a pin drop around the country as Barry took his first sip of the black stuff. 

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8. The 2016 Olympic ticketing scandal

When Pat Hickey got arrested in a Brazil and answered the hotel door like only an Irishman can. In the nip. 

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9. When Brian left Westlife

Cue mass hysteria as the the quintet became a quartet. 

10. That time we sent a turkey to the Eurovision

Basically just for the craic. 

11. And finally, when a load of sheep were stolen from Kerry. 

And no one could understand this fella's accent

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