Irish-American actress Ronan, 23, sparked an online frenzy as she joined Cecily Strong on the Global show, with the pair playing flight attendants and making an array of stereotypical comments throughout the four-minute long clip.
The duo, who wore the trademark green uniform, kicked things off by joking the airline’s name sounded like something associated with oral sex, before Kate McKinnon‘s “Lady With the Orange Sticks” character ran in to say the plane was being delayed due to a “dog with sad eyes” on the runway.
“Folks, we’ve got a dog on the runway. It’s got sad eyes, the soul of Oscar Wilde, so we’re going to have to wait,” she told passengers. “We’re going to let the dog choose when he’s willing to move. It’s his will, his story, not ours. Understand?”
The plane then ended up, rather bizarrely, being full of dogs, all belonging to the captain.
There was also a reference to Irish people’s apparent love of potatoes, with the catering lady coming in from the back to read out the menu.
Unsurprisingly, the sketch caused chaos on social media, with one person posting, “That SNL Aer Lingus sketch was god awful. It’s almost 2018 and the only jokes you can still come up with about the Irish is ‘POTATOES’.”
“That Irish SNL skit was probably the worst piece of (supposed) comedy I’ve ever seen. Truly, truly awful,” a second added.
Aer Lingus also got on board with the negative comments, with them seemingly referencing a tweet previously made by President Donald Trump.
The airline posted: “Just tried watching Saturday Night Live – unwatchable! Totally biased, not funny and the Ronan impersonation just can’t get any worse. Sad.”
The post came after Trump previously shared, “Just tried watching Saturday Night Live – unwatchable! Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can’t get any worse. Sad.”
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