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By Vincent Whelan

Anyone who spends much time on Twitter knows it can be the most random of things to pop up on your timeline that wind up being the most entertaining.

Enter 'No Context Brits' sharing a clip of Owen Mulligan's solo effort from the 2005 All-Ireland quarter-final against Dublin...

The popular account captioned it 'When you’re playing football in PE and the teacher turns his back.'

The replies made for hilarious reading with plenty of Irish people amongst them - largely enjoying the stunned reaction of British people who'd never encountered Gaelic football before.

Here are some of the best/funniest observations from a largely new audience to Ireland's national sport:

Rob wrote "Keeper doesn’t stand a f**king chance in this game" while Ray asked "This game looks f**king brilliant! What is it?"

Another stunned follower wrote: "I have to be honest here, how on earth have I genuinely never known in my 29 years of life about Gaelic football. Is this a pretty big sport or what?

"Just watched a YouTube video about it after seeing this and it looks awesome!"

There was at least one American amongt them too as Tommy added: "What is this beautiful mess of a sport we need in America??"

Nick wondered: "I know nothing about Gaelic football but that goal looks equal in stature as Gazza's against Scotland Euro 96.

"Any aficionados out there able to tell me if this a top tier skill level goal?"

To which Éanna responded: "Yes, it's an iconic goal in the sport. It's also seen as the spark of a remarkable title run by the team in white (Tyrone) - it helped force a replay here which they won and subsequently went on to win the whole thing."

Lastly, Florrie summed the post up nicely from an Irish point of view: "Watching British people trying to figure out GAA is gas."

Of course the phenomenon of British people stumbling upon Gaelic football or hurling for the first time reached peak levels around 2015 when Sky Sports first started broadcasting Championship matches.

Bad boy footballer Joey Barton was one of many to become an unlikely fan of both as he often tweeted his astonishment at the intensity and skill levels on display despite the association's amateur status.

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