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Family go viral after chasing a bat out of their kitchen

It's been a tough week for news. It seems like everywhere you look, another negative story is breaking. In times like these, then, we need something positive. Something lighthearted. Something involving a bunch of Irish people losing their minds over a tiny creature in their kitchen.

Well, fortunately, I have the very thing.

A video posted by Tadhg Fleming from Kerry, Ireland, shows him and his family attempting - and failing - to catch a rogue bat that had somehow found its way into their house. "So a Bat flew into our house last night.... safe to say it was dealt with in a calm and mannerly fashion," Fleming wrote in a Facebook post.

The two-minute-long clip, which takes place in the family kitchen, is anything but "calm and mannerly". In fact, I'd go so far to say that it's one of the most action-packed cinematic masterpieces of the 21st century. It's got conflict, it's got thrills - it's even got a cameo appearance from a frightened dog that immediately relieves itself on the floor. But don't take my word for it, have a look for yourself:

The video, which has already gained over a million views, then found its way over to Twitter.

"The world is going to hell," wrote Twitter user Jonathan Hopkins. "You owe it to yourself to watch this video of Irish people attempting to get a bat out of their kitchen."

The clip has achieved nearly 100k retweets, and folks around the world have had their eyes opened to the masterpiece that is, "Get him Derry!". But it didn't stop there. People are still spreading the video, along with their favourite quotes and moments from the truly iconic clip.

"'Marie will you stop looking in the door!' I cannot breathe," tweeted Jake Hanrahan, referencing the moment in which Fleming's mother can be seen peering through the glass door into the kitchen. I think the mother's name might actually be 'Maureen', but because of the thick Irish accent and the flustered delivery, it's difficult to tell.

Some people have been risking their health by watching the video, as one user tweeted, "I genuinely thought my mam was going to hurt herself laughing when she watched this video. She had to get up and walk away from it."

Others saw the clip as the perfect opportunity to share their own bat-related incidents.

"Need this today," wrote another person on Twitter. "In college found bat in room, moved out. Boyfriend wouldn't even come get rid of it. Ex-bf". Sounds justified to me.

Personally, I've now watched the entire thing at least five times, and between, "he's making a mockery of you," and "he's like McGregor, he's got no legs left", I can't really choose my favourite quote. Needless to say, I will be shouting, "GET HIM, DERRY" for at least the next week.

So, if you needed some cheering up today, I hope this did the job. He may not have been exactly what we needed, but Batman Derry was certainly the hero the internet deserved.

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