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To mark 10 successful years of Global Greening and to celebrate this unique global campaign, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD joined Tourism Ireland earlier this month to launch its new book, called Ireland’s Greening of the World.

The book tells the story of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening since it began in 2010 and how it has since captured the imagination of people everywhere.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The initiative, which see hundreds of iconic landmarks around the world light up green to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick, first began in Sydney – when the Sydney Opera House went green on 17 March 2010, on the 200th anniversary of an historic event celebrating Ireland, hosted by the then Governor of New South Wales, Lachlan Macquarie.

The campaign has gone from strength to strength every year since then, with around 360 sites (or more) in at least 51 different countries set to take part for St Patrick’s 2019.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening complements the Government’s Global Ireland strategy, which will see the initiative grow to 600 participating sites, by 2025.

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD said: “Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening project is a powerful symbol of the impact of our Irish abroad and is an expression of our reach, our shared values and our ambition.

"The Global Greening project, like our diaspora, stretches across the world, to every continent, going beyond our historical connections into where we can now be found.

"As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Trade, I was proud to support the development of this initiative and I encouraged our public buildings to take part in ‘the greening’.  Today, as Taoiseach, I am proud to see that so many places in Ireland and around the world are involved in this project, contributing to its enormous success. Congratulations to everyone that has been associated with this project here at home and around the world.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “It is hard to believe that Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening is 10 years old. To mark the occasion, we have produced a special commemorative book, ‘Ireland’s Greening of the World’. We’re delighted the Taoiseach has agreed to launch it today.

“The success of our Global Greening is due in no small part to the great work that has been carried out across the world by Irish people and the Diaspora. In particular, the support of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Irish embassy network has been absolutely invaluable in broadening the reach of this project over the years.

"More than 70 million people around the world claim links to the island of Ireland and St Patrick’s Day is a truly unique opportunity to reconnect them with their heritage. We will distribute ‘Ireland’s Greening of the World’ through Tourism Ireland’s offices around the world and through the Irish embassy network.”

Ireland’s Greening of the World is available to buy in bookshops and online.

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The giggles, the embarrassment and the speculation circled the classroom – a lady was on her way to teach us about sex.

Cue the dildo sitting in the centre of the table and the dodgy glances between a bunch of 17-year-old girls.

After a brief, two-sentence description on what a penis was – it was whipped away, as the woman exclaimed that we would be WAAAY too distracted by the sight of the male anatomy  – b*tch, please.

Periods, pregnancy and STIs were mentioned, and that was it – that's all I can remember about my sex education in school – but it seems like I was one of the lucky ones.

Grilling the SHEmazing office about their sex ed, more often than not I got the reply of – 'we didn't get any,' 'I went to an all-girls school,' or 'there was the advice of waiting until you were married.'

I'm not gonna lie but I was stunned – but I don't know why? If you even try to talk to the majority of Irish men about periods – they're clueless, and that it isn't entirely their fault – it's the culture we've been raised with.

Shame around sex, unplanned pregnancy and masturbation are commonplace in classrooms around the country.

But the lack of sex education means that young people are missing out on serious topics too – these are just a number of topics that weren't discussed in our Irish sex education lessons.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Consent

It is only in the last couple of years has the issue of consent been raised in our society.

Yet still, people dismiss the importance of teaching men and women what is and isn't consensual sex, kissing and touching.

The word wasn't even uttered in the classroom and when the possibility of it being taught in universities arose, people scoffed.

If you do have the opportunity to go and learn about consent, please do.

Porn

God forbid that the 'expert' stood at the top of the room might address the issue of what you see in porn. 

But we could only imagine the looks and dismissal you would receive if you even try to ask the question.

Yet the porn industry is a problem for young men and women around the country – leading to very high, misinformed expectations and unreasonable pressure around sex for both parties.

More often than not, both genders feel like their body and performances can't live up to what they see on porn – and FYI, the reason for that is because porn isn't reality. 

Unplanned Pregnancy, Miscarriage, The Morning After Pill, Abortion and Fertility issues

Usually, the pregnancy topic is approached from a very unrealistic standpoint – "when you find yourself a nice husband, you can settle down and have a baby." 

I know first hand what unplanned pregnancy feels like and I can confirm that none of my sex ed helped me prepare myself for how scary and challenging the situation was.

There's no information offered surrounding the morning after pill, the time window you have to use it and how effective it is.

And of course, because abortion was illegal – it wasn't even dared to be uttered.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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However, the topic of miscarriage could and should have been spoken about, so if you ever find yourself in this heartbreaking situation, you know what to do and what to expect – to know that you aren't alone and you haven't done anything wrong in your pregnancy.

Fertility issues are very common in our society, particularly conditions such as endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome – yet we weren't given any information about the signs, symptoms and treatments available.

Contraception and STIs

Though some of us got the condom on the banana job – most of us didn't get a good understanding of what types of different options we have out there.

What the side effects come with different contraceptives, how effective they may or may not be and how crucial double protection is – (I now have a four-year-old thanks to this).

And although some of us got to grips with STDs and STIs, it was with a lot of stigma instead of real advice.

Education and being comfortable with the subject is becoming more and more important as there had been a 10 percent increase in STIs from 2016 to 2017.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Empowerment of personal sexuality, masturbation and sexual orientation

Want to learn that it's perfectly healthy to explore your body, mind and sexuality? Then don't go to your sex ed class in school.

More often than not, these subjects aren't even touched. 

Enjoying sex, masturbation and those we chose to love should be embraced and not shamed, since in the real world the majority of people don't give a flying f**k.

No LGBT or LGBTQ organisations were even mentioned or how normal it is to be attracted to the same sex.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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It's time to reform the way we educate the young people of Ireland.

Stop the archaic view of sex and give the next generation useful information on what they really need to know about.

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It’s not just any ordinary Throwback Thursday today!

Centra are celebrating the ‘Panniversary’ of Storm Emma with one of the most in demand products of 2018…. the humble slice-pan.

For one day only Centra stores nationwide are selling Brennan’s Half White Pan for just .50c tomorrow, Friday, March 1.

With temperatures spiking this week it’s hard to believe that one year ago today we were all making our last dash to purchase our storm essentials. Last year during Storm Emma Centra sold 450,000 loaves of bread, an increase of 150,000 loaves from the same time in 2017. This resulted in sales of €1.5 million.

While Storm Emma cemented us as a nation of bread lovers, our storm cravings went beyond the need for carbs. Centra’s Off Licence sales also saw an increase of 24 percent with total sales for Storm Emma resulting in €7.1 million. Of course, we also needed our snacks, with confectionery, crisps and soft drinks, seeing a sales spike of 38 percent from the previous year!

Our love for bread will never dwindle so join Centra in celebrating the Panniversary of Stom Emma and pick up your Brennan’s Half Pan for just .50c.

Offer is only valid Friday, March 1 while stocks last.

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Everyone is now obsessing over Derry Girls since it arrived on Netflix and we are not one bit surprised.

The beloved show stole our hearts when it first made its debut on Channel 4 in January 2018.

The comedy series follows the lives of Derry teens Erin, Orla, Michelle, Clare and James and is written by the unbelievably talented Lisa McGee.

Lisa recently gushed about the shows well-awaited return to the telly box. Fans of the show won’t have long to wait as she shared the potential release date during an interview on The Nolan Show on BBC Radio Ulster.

The writer said: “They’re talking about March, early March. See, that’s all Channel 4. That’s when I think it will be released.”

We have mere weeks to go until the second season of the comedy show and we honestly couldn’t be more excited about the show’s return.

Season two is bound to be a major crowd-pleaser. Lisa said it is even better than the first, which will be hard to top.

Fans are in for a real treat: “I love it. We’re editing it now,” she shared.

Lisa continued: “It’s better than season one, it’s a bit more ambitious and because we know what we’re doing a bit more, it’s better.”

We’ll be seeing a hell of a lot more Derry Girls in the future too with a potential third season in the works.

“We’re talking about doing a third series. Hopefully, if the second one goes well and everything goes according to plan, we’ll do a third series,” she added.

Bring on March 2019.

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What are Ireland’s favourite biscuits and chocolates at Christmas time, you ask? What do Irish people absolutely HAVE to have with a cup of tea after Christmas dinner?

All is being revealed today, as Aldi releases figures from a survey carried out to highlight that the supermarket is stocking a wide range of all of the favourite food, drink and confectionery brands you love this festive season.

Tins and tubs of chocolates are a firm favourite in Irish households each Christmas, and it comes as no surprise that Cadbury Roses raced home to victory as the favourite amongst Irish householders, with 43 percent of the overall vote.

We are a nation of biscuit lovers, and the people have responded – Jacob’s Chocolate Kimberley was the winner with 38 percent of the vote.

There are the flavours that you hate, the ones that you avoid and then there are the ones that you love more than the rest, but can never seem to get your hands on! Fudge, caramel and orange flavours were the most argued over sweets amongst families when it comes to the ones that everyone wants, with coffee, dark chocolate, Turkish delight and strawberry cremes being named as the chocolates that are always left behind.

The brands most associated with Christmas in homes across Ireland are – Cadbury Roses, Jacob’s Chocolate Kimberley, Quality Street, Coca Cola and Guinness.

The most popular biscuit brands are:

  • Jacob’s Chocolate Kimberley – 38 percent
  • Fox’s Biscuits – 15 percent
  • Cadbury Chocolate Assortment – 10 percent
  • McVitie’s Chocolate Digestives – 9 percent
  • Jacob’s USA Biscuits – 8 percent and Shortbread – 8 percent
  • Afternoon Tea – 5 percent
  • Chocolate Hobnobs – 2 percent
  • Snowballs (1 percent), Custard Cremes (1 percent), Pink Wafer (1 percent), Viscounts (1 percent) and Victoria Biscuits (1 percent)
 

The most popular chocolate brands are:

  • Cadbury Roses – 43 percent
  • Quality Street – 18 percent
  • Celebrations – 12 percent
  • Cadbury Heroes – 8 percent
  • After Eights – 5 percent
  • Lindt – 3 percent and Ferrero Rocher – 3 percent
  • Butlers (2 percent), Black Magic (2 percent), Terry’s Chocolate Orange (2 percent)
  • Milk Tray and Dairy Box – 1 percent
 

Aldi will be stocking a wide range of branded items this festive season, meaning you can find everything you need this Christmas, and all at amazing Aldi prices.

 Stock up on snacks in time for this year’s Late Late Toy Show (30th November) with the following great items – on sale from 25th November for one week only!

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Nowadays you're supposed to have your life sorted as soon as you exit the womb.

Okay, maybe I'm exaggerating but the pressure is on as a 20-odd-year-old to have your career path chosen, your relationship golden and your life stable.

So it was beyond refreshing when we had a chat with actor Simon Delaney, who said he didn't have his sh*t together until the age of 28.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Talking to SHEmazing, he explained all the different careers he wanted to pursue before he caught the acting bug.

"I don't think I had a clue until I was about 28 – I really hadn’t got a clue – I just kinda ambled and arsed my way through my teens and my twenties."

"I wanted to be a bus driver, I wanted to be a chef and then somehow I ended up as an actor…how did that work out?" he humbly questioned.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Although once Simon did forge the acting path, he did have a lot of aspirations for his career – and most of his dreams have come true.

"A lot of my wishes have come true, you know I always wished when I became an actor that I could appear on the West End and I have done that."

"I’ve worked in Hollywood, I have done movies, TV series – I’ve been very lucky, so I suppose most of my wishes have been granted."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Besides his career, Simon revealed that even in his twenties he knew he wanted to be a parent.

"I was lucky enough to meet Lisa…and two houses and four kids later, here we are. So my wishes were granted and I thank God every night.

"Every night when I am picking toys off the floor and wiping dirty arses, I thank god that my wishes came true," he joked- AWH, bless.

Given his good fortune, when One4all asked Simon to hop aboard their Christmas appeal to grant three lucky people their festive wishes, he didn't hesitate. 

Talking about the competition where One4all ask people around Ireland to submit their Christmas wishes, he said: "I think it’s a gorgeous campaign". 

Last year, people entered their wishes in their thousands and three lucky people were granted their wishes.

"This year they are doing the same and they have until November 27 to pop onto the One4all website to send in their Christmas wish. And you know what, Santa just might grant it," explained Simon.

Whether its reuniting with a long-distance loved one, making that special someone smile with an unforgettable yuletide surprise, or asking the love of your life to be yours forever, Simon and One4all want to hear from you.

So what are you waiting for? Go and fill out that form.

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Here at SHEmazing, it's fair to say we take the term 'nails on point' very seriously.

So when we stumble upon a nail place that has that something special about it, we tend to rave and rant about how AMAZING the experience was – and we’ve found another.

We’ve uncovered a gem hiding in the heart of Dublin city and it’s the best-kept secret on the capital's cobbles – and it’s certainly one for the Christmas list.

CHIPPED Nail Bar in the Powerscourt TownHouse transforms your nails at an absolute steal, in a decked out studio, surrounded by the nicest staff. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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One look at their Instagram shows the level of talent and creativity the nail artists have at CHIPPED.

From Shellac, gel and stunning nail art, they do it all – and we can't cope at how good it is.

And for all you busy huns, the salon is open 10 pm on Friday and Saturays, so you no longer have to try and fit an inconvenient appointment around your schedule – and you can actually relax during your appointment.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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It doesn't surprise us that the beaut Laura Whitmore, superstar Demi Lovato, icon Samantha Mumba, blogger Dee Alfaro and model Alannah Beirne have all frequented the salon. 

If that wasn't enough, you can also book a private party at the salon – so you can kick off your girls' night in style.

Sip that bubbly and treat your nails to a make-over as you catch up with all the gals.

The salon is also a fabulous location for a Hen Party, because who doesn't love getting their nails done? – You'll be the number one maid of honour.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Their flexibility means you can make the activity an after lunch hangout, pre-drinks blowout or book it exclusively for your group as an after-dinner pamper session before going on the tear – it's completely up to you.

As well as keeping your nails looking lit, the girls at Chipped also pay special attention to brows and lashes. 

Russian eyelash extension experts and experienced brow artists are on hand to pamper you with relaxing treatments to make that eye area pop (best of all, their Russian lashes are 50% off this month). 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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They've channelled our inner boss b*tch and understand our needs perfectly by creating four subscription services.

Each subscription gives a different level of nail maintenance to suit all tastes.

Tailored to all different price ranges, you can have your beautiful nails and not break the bank.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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They also take walk-in appointments for gals on the go, so you're never caught out with nails not looking their best. 

If you or one of your besties are obsessed with everything nails, then you NEED to gift them the unbelievable nail subscription or a gift card this festive season.

We've totally fallen in love with this beauty salon and we know you will too – so head over to our Instagram where we are giving away a pamper session worth €500 in CHIPPED Dublin. 

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It feels like there is a Starbucks on the corner of every street in Dublin’s city centre. The popular American coffee chain is taking over the Big Smoke, and overshadows the plethora of independent coffee shops that are available in the city.

Dublin is full of unique and welcoming coffee shops that serve rich coffee, drool-worthy cakes and are just that little bit more warming and special.

There is a cafe on Dawson Street that is without a doubt one of my favourite places in Dublin. It’s my go-to place for coffee dates and the perfect spot to relax after a hectic day at work.

The Bestseller cafe is bound to be your new favourite place to drink gallons of coffee and catch up with your nearest and dearest.

What makes the spot so appealing is the atmosphere. It’s soothing and relaxed and reminds me of some kind of quirky library.

The Bestseller feels like my second home at this stage. The staff are attentive and don’t heckle you to leave once you gulp the final bit of coffee in your mug.

It’s a spot in the heart of Dublin that manages to capture the real joy of the city. The stacks of classic novels remind you of the city’s history. The warm mugs of coffee make you feel as snug as a bug. The constant chatter of your fellow customers creates an electric, but calm atmosphere that you’ll quickly become addicted to, just like the delicious Badger and Dodo coffee on sale there.

There is nowhere I’d rather be on a rainy Sunday afternoon in Dublin than The Bestseller. Curling up in one of the cozy armchairs with a book is one of the greatest ways to unwind in the city that has forgotten how to switch off.

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An Irish ice-cream shop has officially crossed the boundary between dinner and dessert. 

Gelati, which has shops in Ballina and Eniscrone, has created a ketchup flavoured ice-cream. 

Yes, you heard us right, tomato ketchup flavoured ice-cream. 

And they're not just doing it for the craic, the saucy treat is in honour of Ed Sheeran's current tour around our fair isle. 

It's a well known fact that Ed is absolutely obsessed with Heinz ketchup, even going so far as to have the label tattooed on his arm. 

Now that's dedication. 

"We at Gelati Ice Cream decided to welcome Ed Sheeran back to Ireland by creating his favourite flavour: Tomato ketchup!" they wrote on their Instagram

The also announced that they would be giving away free ketchup ice-cream cones to all concert goers. Pure madness. 

Speaking to People, Gelati owner Micheal O'Dowd said that he hoped that the Galway Girl singer will stop for a taste! 

“It took a few attempts to balance the recipe,” O’Dowd said. “Otherwise it would melt straight away.”

Known for their artisanal gelato, added the ketchup dessert to their range of award-winning treats like Pistachio and Gin and Tonic. 

We'll take five please! 

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Fancy yourself as a bit of an entertainer? Or maybe you have a hidden talent you think could rival some of the biggest names in the business?

Well, if so, The Late Late Toy Show wants to hear from you.

Today, the iconic RTÉ show is putting two of the most desirable tickets in Ireland up for grabs with a competition to find the country’s most talented audience members.

All you need to do to be in with a chance of getting your hands on two golden tickets to this year’s Late Late Toy Show, airing on Friday, December 1, is make a video of you doing whatever it is you do best.

Then post it to the RTÉ One or Late Late Facebook pages OR post it to Instagram or Twitter with #ToyShowTalent. It’s that simple.

And ladies, if it’s good enough, that talent could bag you two tickets to the biggest night on Irish television.

Commenting on the competition Ryan Tubridy said: “We’ve seen the kids, they’re great but we haven’t seen you."

"You old people in your 20s, 30s, 40s and 900s, we need you to send us footage of you with your Toy Show Talent. Anything you do: blow a trumpet, bang a drum, tell a joke, as long as it is half way decent Get busy, get goofy and good luck!”

With more than 140,000 applications received for Late Late Toy Show tickets this year, the #ToyShowTalent competition may be your best shot at making sure you’re there on the big night.

The usual terms and conditions apply and audience members must be 18 or over to attend on the night.

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Halloween in Ireland has evolved massively over the last three decades – just ask anyone born in the 80s.

The time, effort and cost that goes into children's Halloween costumes these days would have been met with dropped jaws and open mouths in every primary school classroom back in the 1990s.

And if you did your formative trick or treating in 90s Ireland, you will know that Halloween meant running around your housing estate dressed head to toe in bin liners while frantically trailing a ripped shopping bag of loot behind you.

It also meant a blatant disregard for the following…

1. Political correctness

A worrying number of children in 1990s Ireland actually trick or treated while dressed as someone of a different race and ethnicity.

Alarming and all as it seems these days, neighbours didn't bat an eyelid 20 years ago when they were met with a group of Irish children culturally appropriating like nobody's business.

"And who are you meant to be, son? What country would that be?"

2. Child safety

Oh, your mother may have warned you to stay back from the bonfire and avoid bangers at all costs, but she also thought nothing of dressing you head to toe in one of the most flammable materials ever – black plastic.

While bangers may have sailed over your head and sparklers were indiscriminately discarded by the hem of your 'costume', you innocently assumed all would be well because it's not as if your mam would have put you in obvious danger, right?

"My mam told me not to come running to her if I was set on fire."

3. Reputation

Back in the day, we were forced to show good manners when that oddball in the corner house hesitantly dropped a ropey-looking Granny Smith and a handful of Monkey Nuts into our open plastic bags.

And God forbid if your family ever ran out of treats, and were forced to raid the fruit bowl.

"My brother says your mam gave him an apple on Halloween, so you can't sit with us."

4. Sibling safety

If you had an older brother or sister, you'll know that your safety generally wasn't a priority back in the day, but you put up with it if it meant you could trick or treat with the big kids.

From forcing you to knock on houses your parents warned you against to making you hop fences into different estates, the fact that you were left hanging by the arse of your plastic costume from a railing was just par for the course.

"Either hop that wall or give me the Wham bar you got. It's your choice."

5. Sugar intake

Our parents would have been well within their rights to ration our loot, and dole out a piece every day from Novemeber 1 until the following year. but they didn't.

No, they watched while we poured our haul onto the sitting room floor and stoically made our way through it while beads of sweat broke out on our foreheads and our hands shook from the sugar rush.

"Sure, look it, have at it, as long as I can have that mini Galaxy you got there."

 

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In case you're unaware, Fifty Shades of Grey made its debut on Irish television last night, and as Christian and Anastasia got intimately acquainted, Irish viewers devoted an inordinate amount of time to their phones.

All too aware of our Holy Catholic Ireland reputation, the Irish public spent hours sending themselves up on Twitter.

From catching family members engrossed in the plot to insisting the S&M storyline was too tame, Twitter was easily as entertaining as the movie causing the influx of posts.

And here, ladies, is just a sample…

1. Shook altogether.

 2. We did it, lads.

3. A fair estimation. 

 4. Well, now.

 5. Classic Mrs. Brown.

6. Tame as anything.

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