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Liam Gallagher declares Tayto ‘best crisps in universe’


Crisp reaction: singer Liam Gallagher

Crisp reaction: singer Liam Gallagher

The Republic Tayto

The Republic Tayto

Split opinions: Ulster Tayto

Split opinions: Ulster Tayto


Crisp reaction: singer Liam Gallagher

Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher was very definitely looking back in anger yesterday as he added his irate voice to the row over why a TV show listing Britain's top crisps didn't include his favourite Tayto cheese and onion.

Hundreds of indignant crisp connoisseurs from Ireland have been chomping at the bit to protest over Tayto's omission from the Channel 5 poll on Sunday.

The 46-year-old Gallagher sang the praises of Tayto too, writing on social media: "Taytos are the best crisps in the universe THE END as you were LG x."

He added: "Cheese 'n' onion."

It's believed Liam, who spent many youthful summers in Ireland visiting his mother Peggy's family in Charlestown, Co Mayo, was referring to the Tayto crisps made south of the border in what's been dubbed the Free Stayto.

But northern nibblers, who believe that Ulster's Taytos are the kings of Tandragee Castle, have been going on social media in their droves to give a chilli response to the fact that Britain's Favourite Crisps snubbed their beloved snacks which are packaged in distinctive yellow bags as opposed to the red ones in the Republic.

In the end the TV crown was bagged by Walkers crisps who pay ex-footballer Gary Lineker a packet to promote their wares.

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Doritos and Pringles were the runners-up.

But though there were divisions over whether Tayto crisps from north or south of the border are the superior snacks, Ireland was mainly united in outrage that neither company found flavour among the favourites.

Sources from Channel 5 dismissed claims that the results had left a sour taste in people's mouths, saying the poll did what it said on the crisp tin and surveyed what brands people in Britain, and not Ireland, preferred.

The long-established crisp manufacturers in Tandragee retweeted Liam Gallagher's pro-Tayto message regardless of which firm's crisps he was talking about.

In the Republic, Mr Tayto Ireland tweeted: "This man knows his crisps, I couldn't agree more @liamgallagher."

The former Beady Eye singer has long been a Tayto lover. It's thought he and his brother Noel acquired a taste for the cheese and onion crisps during their trips to Ireland as kids.

In 2009, when Oasis played a sold-out gig at Slane Castle, the Gallaghers demanded that there should be Tayto crisps in their dressing room.

In 2017, Gallagher tweeted with his usual colourful language: "Tayto all the f****** way to crisp heaven."

Not long ago he was photographed in a shop in Charlestown where he bought no fewer than nine packets of Tayto crisps.

Also, Irish comedian Dara O'Briain is deadly serious in his stand-up routines about his liking for Tayto crisps, even though he has often been said to be a Mr Tayto lookalike.

Northern celebrities have meanwhile celebrated the Tandragee Tayto crisps.

Several years ago when the firm marked their 60th anniversary they revealed that actor Liam Neeson has a standing order for several boxes of cheese and onion to be sent to his home in America.

Golfer Rory McIlroy tweeted a picture of the distinctive yellow cheese and onion packets at a Thanksgiving meal to his millions of followers.

Snow Patrol have also been photographed with cheesy grins on their faces as they tucked into their Tayto crisps.

Ant and Dec once managed to put a new spin on the idea of diplomatic bags, coming on stage for a show in Belfast eating them from a yellow Tayto packet while in the south they devoured crisps from a red one.

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