It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.
What a humdinger of a year it’s been, one that has seemed to last forever. As pretty much everyone in the country is holed up inside with a cold or virus of some sort, scrolling to beat the band we thought it as good a time as ever to look back on some of the most bizarre viral moments of the year, from Garth Brook’s return to Jedward calling for the monarchy to be abolished.
Hop on in, the water’s great:
In October of this year, Leo Varadkar opened up the contents of his fridge to us once again, and once again, we as a society, as a country, were deeply disturbed.
Leo’s meals are always characteristically grim, but this was another level. So much so, the Food Safety Authority had to intervene, assuring the public that this method of food storage was actually safe.
Leo Varadkar is actually so brave for posting pictures of shocking food as often as he does pic.twitter.com/BgXOZh9vLF
– rory (@flatoutsure) October 17, 2022
Jedward vs the Monarchy
Since video footage went viral of John and or Edward at a Black Lives Matter protest in the states back in 2020, the twins have been engaging in political debate, dishing the dirt on X Factor bosses and most recently, calling for the abolition of the monarchy .
After the Queen’s passing in September Jedward were at the center of the conversation, boldly waving the flag for anti-royalists and arguing that this would be the perfect time to pack in the Royal Fam altogether. The Royals haven’t heeded Jedward’s advice just yet, but we’ll see what 2023 brings.
Abolish the monarchy and give the people real democracy!
— JEDWARD (@planetjedward) September 10, 2022
Return of the Garth
What a whirlwind journey we’ve had with Garth since the infamous Five In A Row fiasco of 2014. 2022 saw the country legend make his return to Irish soil to play – you guessed it – five gigs. There wasn’t a friend left in a low place in Ireland.
Robert Troy’s 11 houses
In August of this year, Fianna Fáil TD Robert Troy was forced to apologise for failing to disclose on the Dáil register several of his property and business interests, including ownership or part-ownership of 11 properties, nine of which were rented and six of which he received State payments for. While he did apologise for this, he famously would “not apologise for being a landlord”.
Troy hits out at “vilifying landlords” in media and opposition parties. pic.twitter.com/4rr3HPzzNc
— Richard Chambers (@newschambers) August 24, 2022
The Marty Whelan Tattoo
A lost bet that turned into one of the most iconic Irish moments of the year. Marty Whelan was “strangely flattered” when one Phil O’Kelly revealed a detailed portrait of the broadcaster on his thigh. The ink ended up on the front of papers all over the country, and Phil was even invited onto Marty’s breakfast show on Lyric FM. It was the least Mart could do, really.
At the start I told him the most important thing was to capture his smile (I definitely didn’t want a grumpy Marty on my leg forever more), and Kit absolutely nailed it. The pic will only get better as it settles down too pic.twitter.com/mzSJnk4qzu
— Phil O’Kelly (@PhillyOKelly) August 14, 2022
Harry Styles at the Vico
Hell hath no fury like a Harry Styles stan, and once they heard he was headed to the Vico for a dip the Killiney seafront erupted. The As It Was The singer made his way down the well trodden steps with a bag of cans and a dream, and hopped into the icy Irish Sea without a bother on him.
when you go for a swim in vico and meet harry styles… #HarryStyles @UpdateHLD pic.twitter.com/et2eVWBQ3a
– @katelyn hallows (@katelynhallows) June 22, 2022
Dublin Airport Drama
It’s hard to know where to start with this one. From the never-ending queue and special holding area outside to the mass cancelling of flights and the army coming in to ease security backlog, it’s been a real journey. Not for anyone actually headed to Dublin Airport for a journey mind you – most of them were cancelled.
Love the stock response to any crisis from some politicians being called in the army.
Dublin Airport queues? Army
Rhododendrons running wild? Army
Deliveroo driver brings the wrong order? Oh you best believe it’s the army
– Sean Defoe (@SeanDefoe) May 30, 2022
The New Garda Uniforms
Ever since Richard Chambers He shared the first pictures on Twitter back in February (we can always rely on him to keep us in the know, tg) many of us had questions – who were these Garda models? Why were the uniforms being promoted if they were going to be sold to the public? When would Anna Wintour release an official statement regarding the launch? Despite the confusion, the memes and reviews of an Garda Síochána’s new jackets, aertexes and bike gear were free flowing and plentiful following their launch – one for Reeling in the Years, for sure.
The new Garda uniform has a very Australian soap opera vibe to it… pic.twitter.com/eKZ2G44QTg
– Dermot Keyes (@DermotKeyes) February 7, 2022
Padre pio bannister
Liveline caller Kay was sure she’d seen Padre Pio in her bannister – Joe wasn’t convinced.
Listeners are sharing their stories and devotion to St. Padre Pio with @joelivelineKay spotted this image of Padre Pio on the bannister of her stairs:#liveline pic.twitter.com/KM5J9w0pI8
– Liveline (@rteliveline) October 3, 2022
The end of Tayto Park as we know it
I know I wasn’t the only one who thought Mr Tayto himself built Tayto Park entirely with his bare hands, rollercoaster included. The news hit us hard that one of our nations most popular attractions was to undergo a brand makeover, especially seeing as we were all of the belief that Mr Tayto was the starchy glue that held it all together.
Irish Women qualifying for the World Cup
In October Amber Barrett scored the winning goal in the Ireland v Scotland match to take the gals in green through to the Women’s World Cup in Australia. And whatever your feelings are on what they sang in the changing rooms, it’s hard to deny what an iconic moment this was.
Just an incredible moment.
Donegal’s Amber Barrett kneels and clasps the black armband in tribute to the 10 victims of Creeslough.
— Richard Chambers (@newschambers) October 11, 2022
Long before Liz Truss went up against a head of lettuce during her short bout as Prime Minister, she urged the Irish Tea Sock to discuss UK-Irish relations with the EU.
Gay spar coming out
For years, Gay Spar was a place of inclusivity, a safe space (apart from the odd invasion of a brave pigeon eyeing up the baked goods every now and then) and most importantly, a place to get a breakfast roll at 3am, if that’s what your heart desired.
In the year of our Lord 2022, Gay Spar joined the rest of the city in acknowledging its true identity. A momentous occasion.
*Electric Six voice*
I wanna take you to a Gay Spar
I wanna take you to a Gay Spar
I wanna take you to a Gay Spar! Gay spar! Gay spar! pic.twitter.com/iWbJTBXM5J
— Dr. Siiri Takala (@Oppenhiney) June 25, 2022
The Passport Express Service name change
An event for the history books, as far as Fine Gael Emer Higgins was concerned. After months of campaigning, Emer found a solution to the slow turnaround time for postal passport applications. Don’t worry, the service didn’t get faster. Nothing like that. No no, they just changed the name. Fix it!
Emer Higgins says if Michael Collins were alive today, he would be very proud of her campaign to change the name of Passport Express. pic.twitter.com/lmROLupDnE
— Dr Harold News (@DrHaroldNews) August 20, 2022
Here’s to another year of bizarre viral moments across the country.
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