Flashback: These photos of Ireland in the 90s will give you serious nostalgia
Ah, the nineties- there was no other decade quite like it. We're revisiting some iconic moments from the decade that gave us Italia 90, Eurovision fever and some seriously questionable fashion.
Do you remember the Millennium Clock, otherwise known as the chime in the slime? The ill-fated time piece was initially switched on in March, 1996, only to be removed just three days later for repair works. After continual works it was finally removed from the River Liffey for good in December of that year.
In 1990 we were soccer mad. The World Cup ignited a wild sense of national pride as the Irish made it to the quarter finals. Suddenly, tricolour flags sprung up everywhere and Irish fans were out in full force. When the team returned home it is estimated half a million people turned out to welcome them back.
We became just as obsessed with Eurovision when we took out the top prize four times in the nineties, after wins in 1970, 1980 and 1987. In 1994 the show was hosted by former broadcaster Cynthia Ní Mhurchú and the late Gerry Ryan at The Point Depot.
Two of the biggest Irish personalities of the nineties (and still today) were Gay Byrne, the hugely successful Late Late Show host, and musician Sinead O’Connor. One of their most memorable appearances together was in 1999 on the show after O’Connor’s ordination as a Tridentine priest.
Fibber Magees in 1993. Need we say more?
Brad Pitt might be a mega star now, but back in the mid-nineties he was still humble enough to hang out with Bryan Adams. The Canadian singer played at The Point in 1996 and Brad Pitt signed autographs with him afterwards for fans.
One inexplicable craze that emerged in the nineties was line dancing (don’t pretend you didn’t try it at least once). It was popular enough to warrant its own All-Ireland Final with the 1994 showdown held in Faces nightclub. And let’s not forget this was the same year a then 18-year-old dancer named Colin Farrell was captured on film line dancing in a Dublin pub.
Boyzone and Doc Martens- has there ever been anything more nineties than that?
Before we had Electric Picnic, Oxygen, or even Witness, there was a cult festival that music lovers flocked to in the nineties- Féile Festival. The ‘Trip To Tipp’ was held between 1990 and 1997 and featured nineties mega-acts like Iggy Pop, Cypress Hill, Blur, Bjork, INXS, The Prodigy and Kylie Minogue.
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