Belfast parallel parking goes viral

Published Monday, 29 April 2013
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Parallel parking can be tricky at the best of times, but with an audience watching your every move - and providing the running commentary - it gets that little bit harder, as one young woman in Belfast found out.

Belfast parallel parking goes viral
Students talk to UTV about their viral video on parallel parking in Belfast. (© UTV)

The driver in question spent 15 minutes trying to park in south Belfast last week, and then another 15 minutes once some students started filming her efforts out the window of their apartment.

To laughter and her audience's unique style of encouragement, the driver persevered long after many people would have given up and started looking for a different parking spot.

"Go on, ye girl, ye!" the students, all from North Antrim, hollered.

Speaking to UTV almost a week - and nearly 800,000 YouTube hits - later, the students behind the now viral video admitted they might not have fared any better.

I couldn't have done it myself under that pressure!

Conor Garry

"One of the boys went down to help her out and she was having none of it," Conor Garry said, explaining that fellow student Ciaran Doherty had then seized the chance to take the video.

But they're hoping there are no hard feelings.

"If she is out there anywhere, come in for a wee cup of tea and a chat. No harm done," Eoghan Patterson grinned.

And yes, the car did get parked - in the end.

© UTV News
Comments Comments
eileen in fermanagh wrote (641 days ago):
i dont think anyone has the right to video anyone trying to do parallel parking, how many people who pass their driving test actually can do it correctly it a very tight space. it may be light banter, but dont think it should have reached utv, i have been driving successfully for over forty three years andyet find parallel parking difficult to do properly.
Shauna kelly in newry wrote (641 days ago):
omg I loved the clip was sooooo funny, and the fellas in back round made it even funnier brilliant lol Xx
Sharon in Belfast wrote (641 days ago):
This was funny! But seriously, you would think that after 15 minutes of using the same failing technique, you would turn the steering wheel, the other way! Well done to the lads for offering to help and bringing a bit of laughter to the news! "She got a 3 point turn and a hill start on her test." Hehe
Clarie in Belfast wrote (641 days ago):
Ben Dover - how do you know the age of the female in the car? Maybe she too is one of the 'youth of today'. And I don't think anyone is gloating at her misfortune; people are just amazed and amused at her inability to complete a fairly straightforward driving manoeure, but also quietly impressed with her persistence and determination. As for keeping her identity private - get over yourself! If anything, she should be held accountable IF any damage was done to the cars in front of or behind her. I personally think however she should stand up, hold up her hands high, take a bow for bringing a smile to MOST peoples' faces and then take the good-humoured raking she deserves. She might then consider taking a few more driving lessons!
jo in bfast wrote (641 days ago):
@Gerry McLaughlin in Omagh away on ya jinny ann
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