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20th Dec 2016

9 Reasons Why Bosco Was The Best Thing Ever To Happen To Irish Telly


Bosco is truly a legacy that will live with us forever. 

The tiny, genderless puppet was the first best friend of most young children in Ireland during the late ’80s and early ’90s, and with 386 shows made in total during that time on a continuous loop – Bosco almost seemed like one of the family.

We will never see the likes again.

1. It showed you that you don’t have to be a singer to sing

Don’t even worry about tone or diction. Notions.

2. Like, you REALLY don’t have to be a singer…

Try your hardest and even YOU can even release an album.

3. And you don’t have to be a dancer to dance

Sure all you need are elbows, and you’re jiving.

4. It showed you that knocking on doors gets you places


5. Their mate’s beard game was strong from the get go

Setting trends since 1982.

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6. Because it encouraged kids to use their imaginations 

As it gave us mounds of mala as characters.

7. Because Bosco’s a good skin at the end of the day

Knows what’s important and knows where they came from.

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8. Because even when the show was cancelled, Bosco stayed strong

Bosco did what many RTÉ greats do when their show is cancelled, and took to radio. 

Alongside Barry Lang and Majella Nolan, Bosco took over the airwaves to present Action Station Saturday on Saturday mornings, in which Bosco had the gargantuan task of reciting the name of every child in Ireland who had been sick that week. 

What a puppet. 

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9. And finally, Bosco highlighted the importance of keeping it clean

Any Bosco lover worth their weight in dodgy ’80s shirts will remember in detail the Goodbye Song:

Tidy up goodbye, goodbye,
put everything back in its box,
see you soon goodbye, goodbye
and remember now you’re the tops.

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