'If the Pope's plane isn't already called Prayer Force One then it should be' - we just can't help being facetious about the Pope's visit
It's fair to say Pope Francis' visit to Ireland this weekend is a divisive one, but if ever there was a national Irish trait, it's the compulsion to alleviate tension with humour.
Yes, there are those among us who can't help but be a little facetious about all things Pope on social media as the first papal visit since 1979 takes place across the country.
There are, of course, the obligatory Father Ted quotes and references, the wry observations about the set up today, quips about the Pope's mode of transport (a Skoda), the odd pop at Catholicism, and even the Big Man himself (we're looking at you Paddy Power).
Here are some of the tweets most likely to turn that frown upside down...
That basically counts as meeting him pic.twitter.com/BfSBHv6hA5— Neil Cotter (@NewsNeil13) August 25, 2018
If the Pope's plane isn't already called Prayer Force One then it should be. #PopeInIreland— Paddy Duffy (@PaddyDuffy) August 25, 2018
"Oh Lord, if you dissaprove of the Pope's visit please give us a sign"— Mallow News (@MallowNews) August 24, 2018
*Sends plague of measles*
"Just a small sign, God. Nothing major"
*Sends torrential rain*
"Anything at all, please" #PopeInIreland
The pope's visit has gone too mainstream, it was better when it was smaller and more boutique. I wouldn't recognise half the clergy on the line-up. There's no craft holy water either, it's the usual watered down stuff from the big brands who get the pouring rights #PopeinIreland— Joe Donnelly (@kildarejoe) August 22, 2018
Still waiting on the obligatory pictures of him with a pint of Guinness and taking a swing of a hurl #PopeInIreland— Brary Eating (@spockchocolate) August 25, 2018
The pope is costing Ireland €32 million......... and he's being driven around in a Skoda 🤣 #PopeInIreland— nigel smyth (@NigSmyth) August 25, 2018
He’s going to Knock to see the crying Mary, lads! Fingers crossed she’ll perform on the day.#PopeInIreland— Niecy O'Keeffe (@NiecyOKeeffe) August 25, 2018
Is Leo getting married to the Pope? pic.twitter.com/6OPf0ld8Pg— Shirley Temple Bar (@shirleybar) August 25, 2018