Lonely Planet Writer

Saturday Night Live skit on Aer Lingus causes some turbulence in Ireland

Irish actor Saoirse Ronan hosted what she called the “St. Patrick’s Day episode” of Saturday Night last weekend. The 23-year-old and two-time Academy Award nominee shared plenty of jokes about her Irishness but it was a particular skit in which she played Aer Lingus air hostess Colleen Doyle that caused the Internet to light up.

Aer Lingus is the flag carrier airline of Ireland and the second-largest airline in the country. The sketch was about a cabin crew of an Aer Lingus flight from Dublin to Cork and unfortunately for Saoirse, it did not go down well with Irish viewers.

Apart from the Irish clichés like Aran jumpers and traditional music, the whole premise of the skit was that the pilot had a lot of dogs on board the flight but what that has to do with Ireland, was never explained.

Sharing the screen with SNL cast member, Cecily Strong, the Irish accents didn’t convince onlookers and the skit quickly racked up a lot of negative comments online.

https://twitter.com/DonaldClarke63/status/937288582720520193

It turns out Aer Lingus themselves weren’t quite sure what to make of it either and in a light-hearted poll asked their followers whether they found it funny. Unfortunately for SNL, 66% of 3800 respondents have given it a thumbs-down.

https://twitter.com/AerLingus/status/937322002993614849

Saoirse Ronan has recently won universal praise for her upcoming role in Lady Bird. You can watch her full opening monologue below: