Minion mayhem in Dublin garners international attention

4 Aug 2015

A Minion model. Photo: Sonny Abesamis/Flickr

Ireland is once again making international headlines, though, this time, it’s for the most despicable of reasons – a giant Minion causing traffic mayhem in Santry, north county Dublin.

The inflatable 40-foot Minion, which was being used to promote a nearby temporary fairground, slipped its moorings in the high winds that swept the country on Monday evening.

The Minion balloon – modelled on one of the characters from the recent Minions movie and the Despicable Me franchise – entered the roadway, rolling along and bringing traffic to a standstill, the world’s media gleefully reported:

Twitter was quick to poke fun, with users providing motivations for the escapee and offering commentary:

A few tweeters, recognising Minion-mania as indicative of the approaching apocalypse, saw this as the first sign of the end times:

No one was injured in the incident, and the situation was dealt with quickly by Gardaí.

In spite of this, Cllr Paul McAuliffe questioned the efficacy of the fairground’s health and safety procedures, bringing us the best tweet of the day, referencing – apparently unintentionally – the Minions’ silver screen debut:

… Despicable.

Main image via Sonny Abesamis/Flickr

Kirsty Tobin was careers editor at Silicon Republic