It's hard to believe that it's been five years since the Marriage Referendum took place and joyous scenes washed over the country.
Ireland's Marriage Referendum took place on Friday, May 22 2015 and the result the next day saw thousands of people take to the streets in celebration of victory for the 'Yes' side.
Five years later, the weekend is remembered as one of the most iconic in Ireland's recent history and to mark the anniversary, people have been sharing their memories online...
Today was meant to be our wedding day. Unfortunately, COVID-19 put paid to our plans. However, we will still raise a toast to the freedom to marry and to the 1,201,607 Irish people who voted YES in the #MarRef on that beautiful day in May five years ago! #MarRefMemories pic.twitter.com/Zci9aqSlQF
— Pádraig M. Rice (@PadraigRice) May 22, 2020
— Mark “Wash Your Hands” O’Halloran (@markohalloran) May 22, 2020
Five years ago today. I voted Yes, with these two alongside me, before dropping them to school. Then I drove to work, sobbing as I heard all the #HometoVote stories flood in. I remember himself telling me to find a quiet room to go lie down in for a while! 😂 #MarRefMemories pic.twitter.com/hw5ZwnDacf
— Colm O'Gorman (@Colmogorman) May 22, 2020
5 years ago today, my parents sent me a text from outside the polling booth. It read "you're equal today, you'll be equal tomorrow. Love mum & dad". Luckily 1,201,607 people agreed. #YesEquality #MarRefMemories pic.twitter.com/Jxq82BWMkD
— Emily Glen (@Emily_Glen) May 22, 2020
5 years ago today my sister Ellen and I walked to Rathmines polling station to vote for marriage equality. After months of canvassing, worrying and cycling past the no posters on the Rathmines road in tears, voting yes felt monumental. A day I will never forget. #MarRefMemories pic.twitter.com/l1ZWz32Ozn
— Molly King (@Mollzer_King) May 22, 2020
My favourite #MarRefMemories photo is of my neighbours, sisters Priscilla & Patricia (RIP), going to vote Tá. When they asked us for the lift to the polling station ‘to vote for you two’ was my first real inkling that maybe we’d win the day ... #makegráthelaw #tácomhionnanas pic.twitter.com/o69aM0MbMj
— Traolach (@TtohBee) May 22, 2020
This weekend is the 5th anniversary of Ireland's momentous vote for marriage equality. In retrospect, it feels like one of the last few positive things to happen before the world descended into chaos (yes, I'm looking at you, erm, ALL of 2016 and beyond) #MarRefMemories pic.twitter.com/mKExslzDZj
— Declan Cashin (@Tweet_Dec) May 22, 2020
5 years ago today I was on the streets of Dublin with the Yes Equality campaign for the #marriageequality referendum.
That day, and the next, were two of the best days of my life. I’ve never felt so much hope and joy just wash over a country. #MarRefMemories pic.twitter.com/PbNoBgCPkJ
— Scott Cuthbertson (@ScotCuthbertson) May 22, 2020
— denise charlton (@DC_Consultant) May 20, 2020
A day that Ireland will never forget and one that was literally life-changing for so many. Anyone for repeating the scenes below once the city reopens properly?
On 22 May 2015, Ireland took a historic step towards #equality and #inclusion when we became the first country to legalise same sex marriage by popular vote. Have a look at our video to find out more. 🏳️🌈 @LGBT_ie #MarRefMemories #LGBTQ pic.twitter.com/XXbnyhUvMy
— Department of Justice & Equality (@DeptJusticeIRL) May 22, 2020