Tag Archives: 1984

On this day in 1984, RTÉ broadcast a report by Jim Fahy on Knock Shrine Medical Bureau.

It had been set up to establish if cures claimed in Knock, Co. Mayo, were medical or miracle.

Anyone for the last few choc ices?

Watch in full here.


How many?

On this day in 1984, the Irish Navy intercepted the fishing trawler ‘Marita Ann’ off the Kerry coast as it attempted to import seven tonnes of weapons, which included 163 firearms [91 rifles, mostly Armalites and 3 Browning .50 heavy machine guns], and 71,000 rounds of ammunition.

The Sinn Féin TD for North Kerry Martin Ferris was one of five men arrested on the trawler. He was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment.

The Marita Ann was later bought by Barney McKenna of The Dubliners who renamed it ‘Daragh Liam’ and fished out of Howth.

Good times.

Watch the RTÉ News report here.


From 1984, Father Michael Cleary was one of five churchmen who took part in a charity Church v State Celebrity Challenge motor race in the Phoenix Park.

Fianna Fáil leader Charles Haughey started the race after arriving in a vintage Rolls Royce.

Participants included Liam Cosgrave.

The race was won by TD Michael Keating, racing for the Stanhope Centre for Alcoholism, who celebrated with champagne.

Good times.

Watch here.


From 1984, an ad for Black Tower featuring Leslie Philips.

Arguably, second only to Blue Nun at the time for sophistication.

Putting the ding in your dong since 1967.


From 1984, an ad for Barry Devlin’s ‘Breaking Star Codes’ album.

The Star Codes Project was Horslips front man Barry Devlin’s solo album.

Similar to the Alan Parsons Project, without the giant laser and the evilness.


From 1984, an ad for the RTE Guide trumpeting their circulation.

What publishing was like before the internetz was invented.

Voiceover by Jimmy Greeley.

Good times.


From 1984, an ad for Tramp perfume.

She got too hungry for dinner at eight.

“Today’s kind of fragrance for today’s kind of girl. Tramp; free and friendly, bold and exciting.”