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23 people who absolutely won 2016

In a year of bad news, there were a few who found their flow.

THIS YEAR IS widely acknowledged to have been… well, not a great one, in terms of world events.

But among all the bad news, there were a small number of people who just got it right. Nailed it. Succeeded in a frankly wonderful fashion.

These are some of those people.

1. The egg farmer from Armagh who proposed to his girlfriend like this

Source: Irish Farmers Journal

Yes, that is two wellies and a bottle of champagne in the background of this epic proposal that went down earlier this month. Of COURSE she said yes.

2. The man who showed the world the full glory of an Irish barbecue

Source: Imgur

When this photo went viral worldwide in April, with more than 600,000 views.

3. The girl who turned her water dispenser into a wine dispenser

Source: Clare/Twitter

Source: Clare/Twitter

Adult life goals.

4. The mam who staged an Easter ‘Can of Guinness Hunt’ for her husband

Source: Ger Duffy

Leading to these incredible scenes.

5. The Dublin busker who went viral after jamming with a little girl


Seven-year-old Kelly, who has autism, went to have a go on Jeremy Hickey’s drums as he was playing. Instead of shooing her away, he simply handed over one of his sticks.

Her mother Christine Jordan told DailyEdge: “It meant so much to me that for once I didn’t need to say “Oh I’m sorry, she has autism.” Everybody just saw a little girl having fun.”

6. The Irish student who accidentally applied for his ID using a Snapchat filter… and got this

Source: Daire Shaw/Facebook

Er, good luck getting into Coppers with that.

7. Kevin, the owner of this coal truck

Source: Facebook

Full story here.

8. The Louth woman who delivered 3 in 1s 2,700km from a Drogheda takeaway to her mates in Spain

Source: Nicola Ní Shúilleabháin

Source: Nicola Ní Shúilleabháin

Source: Nicola Ní Shúilleabháin

The name Nicola Ní Shúilleabháin will live long in the annals of chip shop legend. Read the full account of her heroics here.

9. Pretty much every Irish fan at the Euros… but especially the ones who brought this flag

Source: @Rionagh

10. And the one who wore the leprechaun outfit in the middle of thousands of Swedish fans

11. And the ones who spotted a couple of local pensioners in a pickle, and changed their flat tyre

12. The Irish mam who hit Peak Irish Mam when faced with the disturbing news that her daughter was… on a train


Source: Fiona Ní Mháille/OMGWACA

“Please don’t make any food for me.”

Source: Fiona Ní Mháille/OMGWACA

“I’ll just put on a little potato.” Little potatoes forever.

13. And the one who delivered the most devastating Whatsapp comeback of all time

Source: Dave McGinn/Twitter


14. The girl who left her Debs to play a GAA Laois Intermediate Championship semi-final… and then went back for the dancing

Emma Finlay plays corner back for the Shanahoe Ladies Football team, who had a crucial clash against Graiguecullen on the night of her Debs. So…

Source: Shanahoe Ladies Football

They won the match. Emma told DailyEdge: “It was no big deal, the club comes first and I’d do it again if I had to.”


15. The ten-year-old boy from Swords who trolled his older sister by recreating her Communion photo for Halloween

Source: Karlann Hall/Facebook

That’s her in the background there. She thought it was pretty funny.

16. The Kilkenny fan who consoled a distraught Waterford player after his county’s agonising semi-final defeat to the Cats

Source: The42

Jennifer Malone reached out to the devastated Pauric Mahony in August, and the pic went viral. He later sent her the jersey he was wearing.

17. The five-year-old Dubliner who offered disappointed Olympic boxer Michael Conlan his school medal

Source: Marie Kirk/Facebook

Wrote Finn McManus:

Hi Michael, My name is Finn McManus and I am five years old. I saw your fight in Rio and you should have won because you are the best boxer in the world. I want you to have my school medal because you are a winner. I hope you like it, from Finn.

18. The An Post postie who successfully delivered this to “Annalise Murphy, Rio Olympic 2016, Rathfarnham”

Source: Annalise Murphy Sailing


19. The creator of this Marty Morrissey Halloween costume

Although he had strong competition on the night.

20. The Farmers Journal staffer who wrote the world’s best headline about the election of Donald Trump

(He has a golf course at Doonbeg, as you know.)

21. The Tallaght lads who dressed as Band Aid for the 12 Pubs of Christmas

The latest in a run of iconic 12 Pubs costumes from this gang.

22. The man who used an entire beach in Waterford to propose to his girlfriend

Source: Daniel O'Neill

His childhood sweetheart, to be precise.

23. And the parish priest who got this on his lunch order.

Source: Facebook

“Few extra prawns, parish priest.”

Year. Made.

Some days you win, some days you lose. Some days you find your flow, some days you don’t. For the biggest wins and most epic fails daily with an Irish twist, check out our dedicated DailyEdge Win/Fail zone – brought to you by Lucozade. Here’s what you’ll find there. Find out more on Lucozade’s Facebook page

Source: LucozadeIreland/YouTube

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