Thanks to technology’s rapid progress on the interweb, our past has never been so present…
If you want to revisit your favourite Top Of The Pops moment, relive the Pope having a party in Phoenix Park, or see just how the front of The Shopping Basket used to look, the internet is there to take your hand back in time.
And, one fine day, the Guide’s own GGTV archives will provide a joyous trip or two down memory lane for those lucky schmucks who live in de future.
It helps, of course, when those big institutions with dirty big archives to play with open their doors to the general public.
From The National Gallery of Ireland toPathé News, it’s wonderful to see just how many parts of history’s jigsaw are available to us now.
Here, we turn our electric eyeonce moreof our national broadcaster, RTE, and the many times over the decades they’ve swung by our neck of the ever-decreasing woods.
Mainly because we’re just a 20-minute drive from RTE HQ in Donnybrook. The lazy gits.
From Greystones National School embracing the uniform to 75-year-old Pat Kehoe doing his Leaving Cert, from the eco-warriors setting up camp in Glen Of The Downs to Garth Brooks doing an unplugged concert from the top of his van, there’s gold in dem der news clips.
Sister Germaine explains the new uniforms at Greystones National School whilst St David’s go book-hunting. Broadcast 2nd Sept 1985…
Greystones widower Pat Kehoe decides to give the Leaving Cert a kicking. Broadcast 12th June 1985
The eco-warriors set up camp in the Glen Of The Downs to stop the new road expansion. Broadcast 22nd Sept 1997
Christmas with the Glen Of The Downs eco-warriors. Broadcast 24th Dec 1997
Eco warriors lose their battle to save those trees. Broadcast 19th March 1999
Historian Fr FX Martin explains the importance of August 1st, 1914 in Kilcoole. Broadcast 8th August 1966
Hitting Bray for a satellite link-up, Garth Brooks wooed local fans with an impromptu performance. Broadcast 15th May 1999
Phelim Drew and other cast & crew gather at Ardmore for My Left Foot’s glorious Oscar night. Broadcast 27 March 1990
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