The British may take the piss out of the Irish a lot but The Economist has just named their country the best place to live in the world - for its "quality of life".
Factors such as health, freedom, unemployment, family life, climate, political stability and security, gender equality and family and community life were all taken into account in order to come up with the list, which covers 111 countries.
Ireland supposedly combines new with old very well and despite having a crap football team came out on top of the pile, though researchers admit that not everyone will agree with the findings - except in Ireland no doubt.
One thing I'll say on their behalf - the Guiness is good!
And the worst place to live?
Zimbabwe, where according to The Economist "things have gone from bad to worse under Robert Mugabe." No shit.
My country of residence came out in 10th, a good 19 places above my place of birth. It's strange that Europe's major industrial powers - France, Germany and the UK - are all in the twenties (25th, 26th, 29th). Despite high incomes in these countries there are a number of quite serious social problems.
So no more Irish jokes then?
Well, maybe a couple of old groans....
Did you hear about the Irish shoplifter? He was found dead under Woolworth's....
Did you hear about the Irish woodworm? He was found dead in a brick....