TAKEAWAYS have come a long way.
Gone are the days when a take-out would be limited to the (admittedly glorious) chipper on the street corner, they've evolved.
You can pretty much get whatever you want from a takeaway these days, from a plain ol' burger to a partanna-olive-oil-infused nicoise salad.
With companies like Just Eat and Deliveroo now firmly ruling the roost, even the most isolated of Irish corners can have access to their usual Friday-night fill of chicken-tikka dansak with peshwari naan and chana masala (try it and thank me later).
Takeaways come in all shapes, sizes, packages, courses and as such, they're now dishing out awards for the very best of 'em, and today the winners of the 2019 Irish Takeaway awards have been announced.
In total, 16 awards have been given out.
You may have visited some in the past, and if not, I'm sure you'll have one or two to check out in future. Here are the results, as reported by Joe:
American Takeaway of the Year 2019 - Cranky Yankee Corn Dogs, Dublin
Newcomer of the Year 2019 - Johnny’s Ranch, Ramelton, Donegal
Italian Takeaway of the Year 2019 - Fire & Stone Pizzeria, Limavady, Derry
Kebab Takeaway of the Year 2019 - Sphinx Stranmillis, Belfast
Mexican Takeaway of the Yearn 2019 - Vocho, Galway
Vegetarian Takeaway of the Year 2019 - The Gourmet Offensive, Galway
Innovative Takeaway of the Year 2019 - Boxty’s, Galway
Sweet Treat of the Year 2019 - Mammy Johnston's, Sligo
Indian Takeaway of the Year 2019 - Chandpur, Donegal
The Champion Chip Award 2019 - Mangans Traditional Fish & Chips, Wexford
Asian Takeaway of the Year 2019 - Miyazaki, Cork
Takeaway Team of the Year 2019 - Genoa Café, Warrenpoint, Down
Burger of the Year 2019 - Denjoes Family Restaurant & Takeaway, Castleisland, Kerry
Café Takeaway of the Year 2019 - Café Nova, Castlebar, Mayo
Food Truck of the Year 2019 - Pyke ‘N’ Pommes, Derry
Healthy Takeaway of the Year 2019 - Bia Rebel Ramen, Belfast