15:08 Sunday, 21 May 2017
When Ireland became the first country in the world to bring in same sex marriage by popular vote, it was described at home and abroad as a “social revolution”.
Ireland did it! The 1st country to legalize marriage equality by popular vote, but they won’t be the last! What an incredible accomplishment
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) May 23, 2015
It was an emotional and brilliant time for all Irish people, filled with celebration and unity: Ireland didn’t just say Yes, it screamed it loud and clear.
— Gordon MacMillan (@gordonmacmillan) May 23, 2015
— Steph F (@Stephanenny) May 23, 2015
More people voted in the same sex marriage referendum than any other since the foundation of the State.
— Conor Barrins (@ConorBarrins) May 23, 2015
Ireland had a spotlight on it and the world was eagerly watching and waiting for the results.
The Home to Vote hashtag went global, the hashtag that inspired millions: it’s two years since it trended.
In just 24 hours it was tweeted 72,000 times.
The message rang loud and clear; Irish people across the world let nothing stop them having their say in the Marriage Equality referendum on May 22nd 2015. They travelled home in their droves.
They came from the States:
— Rob! (@RobertMunnelly) May 22, 2015
— Jason Byrne (@JasonByrnePhD) May 21, 2015
— Carol Hunt (@carolmhunt) May 21, 2015
Even from Ethiopia:
— YouTube/Clisare ? (@Clisare) May 22, 2015
Irish people were determined to make history.
— Ciara Baxter (@CiaraBaxter) May 22, 2015
— District Magazine (@DistrictMagazin) May 21, 2015
— Fiona Kelly (@fizzlekelly) May 22, 2015
This tweet in particular’s powerful sentiment went hugely viral.
— Kevin Beirne (@KevBeirne) May 21, 2015
When Ireland said yes, the world celebrated with us.
Well done, Ireland. -H
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) May 23, 2015
Classy Mother Erin. X pic.twitter.com/NJBe9zM32e
— Dermot O’Leary (@radioleary) May 23, 2015
Here at #HayFestival – almost no signal but news in that Ireland’s Yes Campaign has carried the day. So so happy. Oscar smiles in his grave.
— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) May 23, 2015
The pure joy of it. I’m so proud of Ireland today… We can all take pride in making history. Only sorry I can’t be there to celebrate!
— Hozier (@Hozier) May 23, 2015
So happy Ireland have passed the law to get married there. Still genuinely shocks me thou, that this is only just happening!!
— Sam Smith (@samsmithworld) May 23, 2015
The following day, a new hashtag was trending…
Our suffering today will be remembered by our children and our children’s children. #hungoverForEquality
— Geoff Shorts (@geoffsshorts) May 24, 2015
#hungoverForEquality is the most Irish hashtag imaginable
— Aine Dempsey (@AineDempsey) May 24, 2015