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Happy meal - why I'm no longer ashamed of loving a McDonald's

Tanya Sweeney


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Mcdonalds re-opens.  Customers collect their orders through the window at the McDonalds drive thru on the Malahide road in Dublin .   Picture; Gerry Mooney

Mcdonalds re-opens. Customers collect their orders through the window at the McDonalds drive thru on the Malahide road in Dublin . Picture; Gerry Mooney

People queue outside the B&Q store in Liffey Valley. Picture; Gerry Mooney

People queue outside the B&Q store in Liffey Valley. Picture; Gerry Mooney

Some customers hailed the reopening of the McDonald’s drive-thru as “like Christmas”

Some customers hailed the reopening of the McDonald’s drive-thru as “like Christmas”

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Mcdonalds re-opens. Customers collect their orders through the window at the McDonalds drive thru on the Malahide road in Dublin . Picture; Gerry Mooney

The Golden Arches. The Hamburglar. McNuggets. Happy Meals. It's a restaurant so beloved it pretty much has its own instantly recognisable lexicon, and after nine weeks of a McDonald's-free life, we can now return to its familiar fare.

Well, sort of. Dubliners can enjoy McDonald's via one of six drive-thru restaurants. Naturally, the fast-food chain was trending on Twitter for much of yesterday. Those lucky enough to be within a chip's throw of one of the six outlets were proclaiming that it was "like Christmas".

McDonald's is having a moment, but most of us have been 'lovin' it' for as long as we can remember. All those lovely childhood afternoons spent eating high-salt, high-carb, high-fat food while a giant plastic model of a clown presided over us. All those birthday parties spent chucking paper hats, thick milkshakes and Happy Meal toys at each other.