New study reveals that Ireland is one of the most admired countries in the world
Come on you boys in green.
According to research by The Reputation Institute, people from across the globe think of Ireland as the eleventh-best country in the world. Not too shabby, considering there are 197 of them.
Perhaps most importantly, we're more popular than the United Kingdom, who finished two places behind us in thirteenth.
The Reputation Institute surveyed over 48,000 people across the G8 countries in order to establish which countries are the jocks of the geo-political high-school. The study also took 'effective government', 'appealing environment' and 'advanced economy' into account.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Ireland also made it into the top ten for 'appealing environment'.
The worldwide praise Ireland has enjoyed after its legalisation of same-sex marriage is sure to give us a further bump in next year's reputation, so look out Belgium and the Netherlands. We are coming for you.
Overall, Canada took home the spoils, topping the charts, but we contend that it's only because there are so many Irish people living there now.