A Thousand Years In The Making

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1988.

The ‘aluminium’.

Good times.

Meanwhile…

Christy with hair!

Logan at his hottest!

Mom jeans!

Molly Malone by the ‘Band of Dubs’, official anthem of the year’s celebrations.

Via Dermot Looney

29 thoughts on “A Thousand Years In The Making

  1. James M.Chimney

    James Reilly former Health Minister around 2.20?

    Maura O’Connell, Leslie In Tua Nua and Mary Black??

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    1. Brother Barnabas

      yea, leslie dowdall and mary black – you’d be hard pushed to choose between the two if it came to it. i’ve a feeling that leslie might have been gamey enough that you wouldn’t have to choose… not sure about mary though. although most women have a vague fantasy about that i.m.e.

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      1. GiggidyGoo

        Going to show my age now, but I used to drink in a pub in Courtown called Dolores Lynch’s which, as far as I remember, Joe O’Reilly or his family bought and Mark Black worked there with Joe. Very nice people they were. They had music 7 nights a week with a fellow called Ollie (as far as I remember) playing a Farfisa organ. and getting up singers (who were basically all dubs).
        The pub was then sold to another fellow from Dublin who renamed is the Wheeltappers Inn. And he put up one of these plastic signs over the front door with a picture of a wheel and a big fish superimposed over it. We reckoned that the accent wasn’t understood by the sign maker, and he thought it was the Whaletappers Inn.
        There’s my Old Man and the Sea moment for today – back to normal complaining tomorrow.

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      1. bisted

        …I know a Dublin Millenium milk bottle went into a time capsule along with a cutting from the letter page in the Irish Times about an overheard conversation between two girls sheltering from a downpour in a shop doorway in O’Connell where one swore it was ‘the last bleedin’ millenium she was going to…’

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  2. Junkface

    Oh God! Cringe overload! Ha ha, its truly an awful song they churned out. Ah the 80’s in Ireland, a fuppin mess

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  3. f_lawless

    Did Ronnie Drew tap into the same technique as the Mongolian throat singers use? I was just struck at the similarities in that video

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    1. Brother Barnabas

      ronnie drew was apparently top of the class in school on eblana avenue in dun laoghaire – and was lined up for an apprenticeship in a local insurance company [height of achievement in what’s now CBC monkstown – ahem, bodger]. over the easter holidays in hos last year, ronnie headed off to spain with a pal – and stayed there for the next 18 months. ended up in seville (teaching english) where he learned to play the spanish guitar and sing flamenco – that’s where the singing style and the unusual (in irish trad circles) guitar style came from

      true story: he told me himself

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      1. f_lawless

        I have a brief tale about Ronnie Drew too: Back in 2002, I once witnessed the poor man get stage fright right in front of me. We were in the jacks of Mulligan’s bar, Amsterdam both facing the communal urinal, as you do. People kept coming up behind him slapping him on the back as he’d just finished doing a gig there – at which point he said “I can’t go here” and locked himself in the cubicle..

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        1. Liam Deliverance

          Who is the chiseller standing beside Ronnie Drew in the video, I seem to remember him being on Dempseys Den maybe, he had notions of singing old Dublin songs or something like that?

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          1. Liam Deliverance

            It’s not him though, George Murphy, contestant on You’re a Star in 2003, was born in 1986ish. Apparently working on his singing career again with band the Rising Sons, listened to some of their work, not bad at all.

            http://georgemurphymusic.com/

    1. Steph Pinker

      I agree, the timbre of his voice is distinctive, especially in contrast to yer man with the dark hair singing the high notes at the end – who is he?

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  4. H

    There were a lot of people taking themselves way too seriously in that video but it was nice to see Dublin as it was back when I left it, because they’ve a right mess of it now :-(

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