AS ANOTHER COHORT of Ireland’s young teens prepare to enter into five or six years of secondary schools, we’ve got some heartbreaking news for you…
MOST OF THEM WERE BORN AFTER 2000!
Here’s just a smattering of the things they have no memory of whatsoever…
1. Floppy discs
And they’re genuinely confused by this symbol on their word documents:
2. Life without mobile phones
Look. This Motorola Razr is in a MUSEUM!
3. Life without Gladiator, Almost Famous, Castaway
These films were all released in 2000. These are “old films” to today’s teens.
4. Zig and Zag on the telly with Ian Dempsey or Ray D’Arcy
Image: RTÉ/YouTube Screengrab
5. Life without Lotto Plus
Lotto Plus was introduced by the National Lottery in 2000, so today’s young teens have no recollection of plain old six number.
Tony Lambert of the Saw Doctors collecting his Lotto winnings in 1993 (Photocall Ireland)
Lotto winners Noel and Marian McMahon from Dundalk with their sons Mark and Darren at National Lottery HQ in 1995 (Photocall Ireland)
6. Dial up internet
Remember this noise? Because today’s 13-year-olds sure as hell don’t!
7. Mary Robinson in the Áras
She was the queen of the Phoenix Park from 1990 to 1997.
Mary Robinson with Prince Charles in 1995 (Photocall Ireland)
And of course there was the double whammy of the time she was on The Den with Ray, Zig and Zag:
8. Bill Clinton in the White House
9. Ireland’s football glory
Today’s first year were just babies when Ireland last made it to the World Cup, and they certainly weren’t around for Ireland’s glory days at Italia 90 and USA 94.
The Italia 90 homecoming (Photocall Ireland)