What was it like in the 1980's in Ireland?
I have seen pictures, video and my god it looked like a depressing place.
Grey, delapidated, hopeless.
What was it like? How did you get by without internets, wheelie bins, toilets...?
Would you go back if you could??
*Might as well throw in the 70's too for people of that vintage.
Both decades were, to my experience, marked by high unemployment and high interest rates.
I wouldn't go back to them for any reason.
We all had great laughs avoiding the consumption.
Fitness levels were great in the young.
We all ran like lunatics to avoid being ridden by clergy!
Look at the decline in Irish middle distance running since the veil was lifted on paedo priests!
Renault 4s and Ford escorts were the common.
A Sierra Cosworth was a "Super car"
And only "posh" neighbours had a car and a house phone!
To this day, I know my childhood next door neighbours phone number.
Skinning orchards and drinking in fields!
The huge crush at the labour exchange when your Granda would be out of work.
What's really scary....
I saw the end of the 70's and all of the 80's
Is I'm only 38!
Well, I had a great time and surprisingly enough we go by without the internet. I associate it with the start of Ireland reflecting on its self as a nation a lot of the staried-eyed idea of the republic began to be questioned, you had series like strumpet city on the TV, and while we always had emigration it was only when middle-class emigration became an issue in the 1980s that it became a thing in the media and general discourse in society which is interesting.
Going to college was a big deal you had to have the metric and or a very good leaving cert.
I was only born in 1977.
I was a little too young to worry about interest rates and unemployment.
I was too busy trying to get a feel of Debbie Whelans arse. Thats what happens when you think with your flute.
I can't pretty up unemployment for anyone.
But the high rates meant little or no speculation in the housing side of things.
If you did get that job, then a house would follow. The mortgage deposit % wasn't as rigourous something like 10%. Yes the monthly repayments would be rough. But it was at least ATTAINABLE. Big difference to today.
It is pointless looking back at a historical period saying Oh they had no X like we have today. We didn't know about it back then, and what you don't know ...
An Irish CB ran the rate for the punt. It was a currency/rate for OUR economy, not for a depressed German banking sector or a roaring Parisian property market. It was ours. By us, for us.
And our politicians gave that away without ever asking us.
This country will never see those kind of days again...but it was the pre celebrity culture era...and the pre social media era...we'll never see the likes those days again either...
Mortgage deposit was 20% and repayments meant a huge struggle with more that a full salary in payments. In the 80s Mortgages were attainable mostly only if both spouses were working. We had two good jobs in which we were well established through this period and really struggled to pay a mortgage on a very modest home, doing without holidays, social life, and any purchases over and above the necessities - no phone, video players, a 10 year old car, etc.
Only from the 90s on did things become more obtainable.
Uncomfortable, itchy wooly jumpers.
I don't miss that.
I'd beg to differ, this would have been the Maastricht treaty referendum.
The aims and objectives of harmonisation and transfer from the ERM/ECU to a pan-european currency were voted on and accepted by the people.
Lucky bags...if I'd have been on the ball I'd have sued the manufacturers!!
I totally forgot about spending my formative years in itchy as fúck cable knit Aran jumpers and duffle coats!