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To the uninitiated, Twitter can be a bit of mine field. It's where memes and news stories are often born and, in many ways, it's a language in and of itself. And then, of course, you've got the specific subculture that is Irish Twitter which is a whole other ball game.
We here at LADBible understand that it can be overwhelming trying to stay on top of a platform that feels like if you blink, you'll miss something crucial. That's why we've put together this nifty guide to the best of what's occurred on Irish Twitter this week - the funniest memes, the hottest takes and the moments that just made us say WT actual F.
So grab a cuppa, sit back and catch up on all the best tweets you might have missed this week, safe in the knowledge you can regurgitate them all to your friends as though they're your original thoughts in the coming week.
LOL - This week's funniest tweets
As travel restrictions loosen and planes are looking a little fuller, we're all rediscovering the joys of flying whilst wedged onto a RyanAir plane.
A woman with a strong Dublin accent just stood up and said to a guy "were you in River Dance?" He said "no" she said "well you should have been cause you were bleedin booting the chair out of it for the whole flight" I can't even :joy::joy::joy:
- Susan Smyth (@SusanSmythSL) July 31, 2021
With this year's Olympics having drawn to a close, so to closed the bottomless pool of ammunition for memes - here's one of our favourites from @ImShaneReaction.
The morning after that time I went home with a Protestant pic.twitter.com/dKT0cIko7i
- SHANE REACTION (@imshanereaction) August 8, 2021
Writer and Twitter favourite Carl Kinsella took the platform by storm this week by kicking off a disinformation campaign promoting the untruth that the LUAS is, in fact, entirely free. We're not sure anyone could have been prepared for the enthusiasm with which people, businesses and even public bodies would join Kinsella in his fake news endeavour but it has been a joy to observe.
It's actually crazy that a service as good as the Luas would be free, but it is. It's completely free.
- Carl Kinsella (@TVsCarlKinsella) August 5, 2021
The Queen of Ireland herself Panti Bliss was one of the many propagandists who got involved.
Delighted that from today the LUAS is completely free to use, finally joining the DART and the buses
- Dr Panti Bliss-Cabrera (@PantiBliss) August 7, 2021
The Irish language itself was reimagined to support the claim.
In Ireland we don't say "free", we say "Luas" and I think that's beautiful
- Luc :flag_ps: (@lucfitz_) August 7, 2021
Dublin Airport even took the 'campaign' as an opportunity to take a pop at their peers in the world of transport authorities.
Luas is the Irish word for free. pic.twitter.com/oDDb8PAjmz
- Dublin Airport (@DublinAirport) August 7, 2021
TBH - The tweets that made us go 'Hmm...'
There's a myriad of reasons why someone might have a gap on their CV, ranging from the obvious, such as the ongoing to global pandemic, to the traumatic - bereavement, caring for a loved one, personal mental health issues. It's in no way indicative of a person's ability to perform in a role or of the standard of their work so maybe in 2021 it's time we retire this job interview trope?
When I came back from Australia and was interviewing for jobs, some interviewers asked to explain a 5 month gap on my CV. 1st few times I flinched but after a while I started replying coldly said "providing palliative care" and let them deal with the atmosphere they'd created
- Seána (@GrantSana) August 9, 2021
As the government drags us slowly, but perhaps surely, out of COVID-19 restrictions there has been much discussion around how far behind our European counterparts we seem to be, with even our closest neighbours in Northern Ireland are enjoying music concerts with over 10,000 attendees. Another key point on many people's agendas is the huge disparity between allowances made for sporting events versus those afforded to the arts and nightlife industries.
Here The Gaiety Theatre makes a point on the stark contrast between maximum capacities for matches in Croke Park compared to the paltry numbers allowed into a theatre at one time, in spite of vaccinations and testing options.
To the 50 people attending today's Matinee at the Gaiety, please allow extra time to travel as there are 24,000 people travelling to Croke Park. #SaveTheArts
- The Gaiety Theatre (@gaiety_theatre) August 8, 2021
WTF - An ode to the tweet we just didn't see coming
Okay so you would have to be blind and living under a rock not to see this one coming but it doesn't make it any less shocking to learn that a three bed terraced house purchased in Dublin 8 for €165,000 in 2013 is being sold for a whopping €605,000 in 2021. That's a mark-up of over half a million euro which begs the question - is there any hope for those of us hoping to purchase in Ireland any time soon?
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