These Tweets From The #HomeToVote Hashtag Will Get You Pumped And Emotional
It's time, people. It's finally time.
The time is finally upon us.
After a long, difficult and emotional campaign, the polls are open and the country is voting on a constitutional amendment to allow for same-sex marriage – and there's a palpable atmosphere of excitement, nervousness and occasion all over Dublin and Ireland as a result.
And while emigration has been a blight upon this land since the recession kicked in some seven years ago, tonight it's been turned into a positive, as expats from all over the world have traversed air, road and sea to come back and do their bit for Ireland. In doing so, they've created a real sense that something special is about to happen in Ireland... and reading through the #hometovote hashtag really does make for emotional reading.
If this doesn't get you and your mates out to vote, it's fair to say that nothing will.
Never been so happy to be at an airport gate. LGA to PHL to DUB to YES. #hometovote— Belinda McKeon (@belindamckeon) May 21, 2015
Back in Ireland. Such a joy seeing all the Yes Posters and banners on the way from the airport. Feeling very proud tonight. #HomeToVote.— Bronagh McDermott (@BronaghAnn) May 21, 2015
Flew back yesterday from Nairobi to Cork #hometovote - that's a big YES! to equality in Ireland!— Cormac (@Cormac212) May 21, 2015
Came #hometovote, my Dad told me to shave my beard and my Mam needs 2 months of tech advice. This better be a Yes.— Paul McDonnell (@Paul_Austin) May 21, 2015
Reading through the hashtag, it was also clear that the trend was having quite the effect on people who didn't need to do any travelling at all, but who were watching in amazement as the scale of events unfolded before them.
For everything wrong in the world #hometovote is beyond heartwarming and genuinely inspiring— The Wayne Healy (@PlanettWayne) May 21, 2015
Faith in humanity restored 👍
The #hometovote hashtag would bring an aul tear or two to your eye— Dearbhail McDonald (@DearbhailDibs) May 21, 2015
You guys are legends. Safe trip to all travelling #hometovote— Keith Browne (@KeithBrowne82) May 21, 2015
And, of course, the all-important reminder that these expensive flights and arduous treks will amount to nothing if those of us here don't get up and do our bit while the polls are open...