Why Does Everyone Hate the English? New TV show reveals top reasons Irish people 'hate' our closest neighbours
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Why Does Everyone Hate the English? New TV show reveals top reasons Irish people 'hate' our closest neighbours

A DOCUMENTARY by UK comedian Al Murray has lifted the lid on the reasons why Irish people "hate" their English neighbours.

As part of his new HISTORY show 'Al Murray: Why Does Everyone Hate the English?' - which airs on Mondays at 9pm - the funnyman asked people from France, Germany, Scotland, Ireland and Wales to reveal what truly gets their goat about England.

Two of the most dominant news topics this year - Brexit and English soccer fans - were found to be behind our scorn towards our closest neighbours.

Research for the documentary found nearly half of Irish people surveyed (44%) cited hooliganism as their main reason for disliking the English, while 42% said Brexit was to blame.

Overall, 125 of the 700 Irish people polled (18%) said they weren't fond of the British - which honestly could've been a lot worse.

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Irish comedian Andrew Maxwell will join Al on tonight's episode to get his view on the rivalry and explore the history behind the two countries' difficult relationship.

Other nations such as Wales and Scotland ranked similarly in their attitudes towards England, with France coming in even higher in their dislike towards the English at 26%.

Irish people cited musical talent and good humour as redeeming qualities of their English neighbours, while Germany (perhaps surprisingly) had the most friendly view of England - with only 15% disapproving of the country's population.

'Al Murray: Why Does Everyone Hate the English?' airs on HISTORY tonight at 9pm and will see Al gallivant around Ireland to conduct his research and and explore the turbulent history the two nations share.