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What are the first Irish news stories that you remember from your childhood?

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  • 09-02-2016 11:44pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 30,553 ✭✭✭✭


    I'm in my twenties now and the main stories I can remember are Catherine/Tom Nevin,Veronica Guerin murder trials, John Gilligan being in the news and the Omagh bombing.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 12,078 ✭✭✭✭LordSutch


    Irish news stories you say.

    That's a tricky one, trying to separate Irish news stories in my head from those that were not Irish!

    Emm, when Vincent Hanley died maybe, or when Shergar was kidnapped, when Dana won the Eurovision, when the Pope came to Ireland, when the JFK was anchored in Dublin bay!

    There's a few to be going on with :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,818 ✭✭✭donvito99


    Omagh bombing. Anne Cassin read the bulletin. I remember the white Opel in the middle of the debris.


  • Registered Users Posts: 16,958 ✭✭✭✭nullzero
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    General reportage of the troubles during the 80's. Ireland seemed a dull drab depressing place back then, but northern Ireland sounded horrific to me as a child.

    Glazers Out!



  • Registered Users Posts: 243 ✭✭Easca Peasca


    I was just gone 5 when the Omagh bombing happened. I can very vaguely recall seeing it on the telly and the talks of it at the kitchen table.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,926 ✭✭✭Andrea B.


    Monasterevin siege.


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  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 6,308 Mod ✭✭✭✭mzungu


    The border fox kidnapping John O'Grady.


  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]


    The Whiddy Island Disaster.

    Then the Buttevant Train Crash.

    And the Stardust.

    I was evidently a morbid kid...


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 18,299 ✭✭✭✭The Backwards Man


    The moving statues, when where they? I was going down to visit my cousins I'm Cork and I remember my Mum warning me don't laugh at the Cork people. I must have been seven or eight I think


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 16,768 ✭✭✭✭tomwaterford


    Stand off at drumcree as it went on so long and remember neighbours and older cousins visibly angering at the TV screens...though mainly the killing of three kids whod be roughly same age as me (primary school I think)...the absolute pointlessness of it all



    Remember like a few bombings etc by the ira but couldn't pinpoint them....also possibly a petrol bomb attack on a shopping centre carried out by (???) as it was caught on camera Maybe at Xmas time??


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,427 ✭✭✭SafeSurfer


    Moving statues, Kerry babies, Don Tidey kidnap.

    Multo autem ad rem magis pertinet quallis tibi vide aris quam allis



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  • Registered Users Posts: 28,192 ✭✭✭✭drunkmonkey


    Condoms became legal can still remember the stories the old boys used to tell me about them, was only 4 but remember it clearly.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 14,521 ✭✭✭✭mansize


    Enniskillen bombing


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 572 ✭✭✭voz es


    Twin towers from secondary school

    World cup 94 before that


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,427 ✭✭✭SafeSurfer


    mansize wrote: »
    Enniskillen bombing
    I vividly remember exactly where I was the moment I heard the news.

    Sitting in our car outside our house after pulling up outside with my late father. It came on the news that Sunday and we stayed in the car just listening to reports coming in for ages.

    Multo autem ad rem magis pertinet quallis tibi vide aris quam allis



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,351 ✭✭✭Littlehorny


    Born in late 72 so can remember the Pope coming, Shergar winning races, the Stardust tragedy and Charles + Di wedding. Oh and Boy George blowing a few oul ****ers minds with his , is it a boy or girl look?


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 284 ✭✭Jan Laco


    jeez I can't remember 1. I never paid attention to the news. I only remember the 1st news story to have an emotional impact was the story of the Kirsk submarine tragedy.
    Where the news broke that this submarine had "broken down " and was stuck at the seabed with the sailors alive.
    Rescuers reached the sub and could hear the sailors knocking against the door. But the door was warped in the incident and could not be opened. They all died before being rescued.
    I felt sorry for the divers who had to go through the sub and to see these bodies hovering around. And to know some were alive for a while.. only about 10cm from rescuers at ome point.


  • Registered Users, Subscribers Posts: 47,305 ✭✭✭✭Zaph


    Eamon de Valera dying. I was 8 at the time, so I'm sure stuff happened before that that I was aware of but none come to mind right now.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,796 ✭✭✭Azalea


    The Kerry Babies. Didn't know what it meant but there was constant talk of it for ages.

    The Moving Statue was the same year - 1985.

    Edit: Actually, looked up the Kerry Babies, it was 1984... but I remember it still being mentioned on the news a lot the following year.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,796 ✭✭✭Azalea


    and Boy George blowing a few oul ****ers minds with his , is it a boy or girl look?
    And young ****ers :D I was a small child and found this situation of a pretty lady, being called a boy, to be terribly perplexing. :pac:


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,554 ✭✭✭Sundew


    My first Irish news story that I can remember is "The Stardust Fire" .
    I was very young, but have very vivid memories of watching and listening to the news images of the fire engines attending the scene and my parents watching in shock and silence. When I see old news footage of it...brings it all back.

    Think my next big memory was of the Ronald Regan visit and the paddywhackery around it!
    Showing me age now ;-)


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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,455 ✭✭✭maudgonner


    The John O'Grady kidnapping and subsequent manhunt for the Border Fox sticks out in my mind alright.

    Also Colin McStay and the appeal to fund a liver transplant for him. I can still remember his face from the photos. (I actually googled him not long ago and apparently he's doing great).


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 416 ✭✭Steppenwolfe


    My granny was a big JFK fan. I remember her telling me he was a great catholic and went to confession every single day. We were visiting her on the day he was assasinated and remember watching the news reports. She cried.


  • Registered Users Posts: 852 ✭✭✭corm500


    The Herrema Kidnapping


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,554 ✭✭✭Sundew


    Azalea wrote: »
    The Kerry Babies. Didn't know what it meant but there was constant talk of it for ages.

    The Moving Statue was the same year - 1985.

    Edit: Actually, looked up the Kerry Babies, it was 1984... but I remember it still being mentioned on the news a lot the following year.

    How did I forget that one....the story ran for ages and the tribunal seemed to be never off the t.v.
    It was only mentioned a few weeks back on a well know morning radio show!


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,519 ✭✭✭Flint Fredstone


    Condoms became legal can still remember the stories the old boys used to tell me about them, was only 4 but remember it clearly.

    You can still get them.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,455 ✭✭✭maudgonner


    And in Sport: Barry McGuigan winning the world championship.
    And Dawn Run winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup (I can actually remember some of the commentary "It's Dawn Run, from Forgive and Forget and Wayward Lad, Run and Skip...:D).


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,796 ✭✭✭Azalea


    Yeah I remember a lot of those bleak mid-to-late 80s events like the horrendous O'Grady kidnapping and also the Jennifer Guinness kidnapping. Enniskillen was horrific - I can remember so clearly the audio of Gordon Wilson's description of saying goodbye to his daughter. It was beyond heartbreaking.
    The Philip Cairns disappearance was chilling...


  • Registered Users Posts: 25,775 ✭✭✭✭kfallon


    maudgonner wrote: »
    And Dawn Run winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup (I can actually remember some of the commentary "It's Dawn Run, from Forgive and Forget and Wayward Lad, Run and Skip...:D).

    "And the mare is beginning to get up" :)


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 9,622 ✭✭✭Ruu


    Michael Stone running through a graveyard ducking and diving.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,796 ✭✭✭Azalea


    Ruu wrote: »
    Michael Stone running through a graveyard ducking and diving.
    I don't remember the chain of events that followed, which included the above, but that Gibraltar case dominated the news for ages. It was a huge story.


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