34 Things You'll Remember If You Grew Up In Dublin During The 1990s
One of the great things about Dublin is that it never stops evolving, it never stops improving, and it never ceases in its quest to be right up there with the best cities in Europe. It's practically unrecognisable from the place it was 20 years ago, and for the most part that's a positive thing.
But every now and then, it's nice to take a look back at the way things once were, and the strange little quirks – both good and bad – that defined the city's journey to where it is today.
So here are 34 things that will bring you back to your youth in 1990s Dublin. And as always, if you have any more to add, do let us know!
1. Buses were green
And dammit, we were happy.
2. This RTÉ logo
3. When 'Brunch' meant this really disgusting ice cream
No, sorry, don't even try to argue against it being the most vile thing of all time.
4. This being the main DART entrance to Connolly Station
Which would be really handy if they reopened, incidentally. Not that we don't enjoy the 29-mile walk through the station to get to the DART platforms or anything...
5. Crazy Prices and Quinnsworth instead of Tesco
And this ad. Where would Ireland be today were it not for this ad?
6. We had Superquinn instead of Supervalu
We know this is a relatively recent one, but it still hurts. #neverforget
7. Using tokens from milk cartons to buy cheap household goods
Or was this just my family? Oh God, please tell me other people did this too.
8. Smoking in pubs
It's fine, I didn't want to ever wear these clothes again anyway.
9. Having your birthday party in the The Fun Factory, and being forced to go down the terrifying Freefall
This isn't quite the Freefall, but it will do.
10. The Tour de France coming to Ireland in 1998
And we were all mad into cycling for about a week – to the point where some of us even knew what a peloton was.
11. The City Swift
It wasn't very... well, swift.
12. Losing our shit when we beat Romania in the 1990 World Cup
A nation holds its breath.
13. Losing our shit even more when the pubs went on strike for the first match of USA 1994 against Italy
How could you do this to us, guys?
14. Losing our shit even more EVEN MORE when we actually beat Italy
15. The Eurovision being an annual blight on our resources
Ireland douze points? Ah crap. Not again!
Even if this was the result of it all...
16. But deep down we loved it really
And what we wouldn't give to have it back...
17. Internet cafés being cutting-edge
We need more places that look like this, in fairness.
18. Going to Bray on hollibobs
You could do a lot worse, in fairness.
19. Orange diesel trains
They always looked so angry.
20. The City Imp
Seriously, what was that even about?
21. A distinct lack of bridges over the Liffey
No Samuel Beckett, no Seán O'Casey, no Rosie Hackett, no James Joyce, no Millennium Bridge... is it any wonder northsiders and southsiders have felt like different tribes at times?
22. Smithfield being an empty space
Okay so this isn't from the 1990s, but you get the point...
Dublin's Smithfield in the 1950's and not a horse in sight. pic.twitter.com/BYp34VqjBb— Photos of Dublin (@PhotosOfDublin) November 11, 2014
23. Dundrum before the Town Centre was built
You'll know you're old one day when you point to the shopping centre and tell someone 'I remember when this was all fields'.
24. Getting the boat to the Isle of Man from the city centre, near where the Jeanie Johnston is now
25. Leinster games were held in Donnybrook stadium
26. Virgin Megastore on the quays
It's a Supervalu now. First they take this, then Superquinn... is there no end to this madness?
27. Thinking 'Cappuccino' was the name of an Italian footballer
28. Thinking korma from a jar was the height of multiculturalism
It was, in fairness.
29. The DART when it only went from Bray to Howth.
Sorry Greystones and Malahide.
30. Dubs manager Jim Gavin was a player
Bless his little face.
31. Losing our shit all over again when Bill Clinton came to visit
32. This amazing 98fm ad
You'll never look at the Poolbeg chimneys the same way again.
33. The M50 only going as far as Tallaght
What's that, you want a ring road that actually goes around the entire city? Oh don't be silly!
34. Clerys Clock being the main meeting point in the city
Before this chap came along.