Friday 23 March 2018

Flashback: 10 photos of Ireland in the 1980s

The opening of H.M.V. Grafton Street, 1986
The opening of H.M.V. Grafton Street, 1986

Proof they were simpler times indeed.

Forget your new fangled wireless speakers and swish smartphones. In the eighties, all you needed was a beat box to make your day in the sun complete.

(Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection).

One of the greatest stresses of the modern age is trying to buy in-demand concert tickets online. It makes us yearn for the days when you could line up, overnight if needed, and be safe in the knowledge that you would come away successful, like these Bruce Springsteen fans in 1988.

Happy Bruce Springsteen fans at H.M.V., April 14, 1988

St Patrick’s Day in Dublin may be the biggest tourism draw card of the year, but it hasn’t always been impressive floats and stilt walkers- it’s amazing what you can do with a Styrofoam box.

Patricks Day, 1982.

#Tbt to the time you could sit comfortably inside the scoreboard at a GAA match.

All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Semi-Final Replay, Dublin v Cork, Páirc Uí Chaoimh, 28th August 1983

Nobody air guitars like this anymore.

U2's 'Lovetown Tour' at the Point in 1989

The young wans might take it for granted now, but the pedestrianisation of Grafton Street was a long process. It came to a sweet end with the final granite slab laid by Nicky Whelan, left, and brothers Vincent, centre, and Damien McConnell of Ridgedale Construction.

The last granite slab being laid in Grafton St in 1988

In the eighties, people were exhausted by U2 for very different reasons.

Fans after U2's Joshua Tree show in Croke Park, Dublin, June 1987

Ten points to anyone 18 or under who can guess what that the woman in the centre is holding.

Evening Herald winners with HMV Henry Street manager, December 1986

So much has changed since the eighties but thankfully, you'll still see scenes like this on Moore Street .

86 moore st 1.jpg
Liz Scully, a Moore Street trader selling Canary Island frozen tomatoes in February 1986.

To see more photos like this, head over to Independent Archives and explore our galleries

Online Editors

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox every morning.

Editors Choice

Also in this section