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20 years since 2003

  • 02-03-2023 10:07am
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    I always thought 2003 was the year that defined the 00s/Celtic tiger era.



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,091 ✭✭✭Roger Mellie Man on the Telly

    Our dog ate a bag of wild rice and needed a veterinary enema. Cost us a fortune.

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,425 ✭✭✭✭Thelonious Monk

    I was living in Edinburgh and when I moved back home Greece won the Euros. Oh to be 23 again.

  • Registered Users Posts: 472 ✭✭JKerova1

    Did my Leaving in 2003. Had to do it again in 2005. Bad year for me.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,204 ✭✭✭AyeGer

    I had a great year that year, partied it in and out.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 15,276 ✭✭✭✭AMKC

    I hated 2003 the same way I hated 1993 and 2013. The only year I have not hated with a 3 is 1983 because I was so little but maybe that's the year I banged my head off the fireplace so maybe that's why I hate all years with a 3 lol. Maybe this year will be the first year I do not hate with a 3.

    Otherwise I can not think of one redeeming thing to 2003 oh wait tgere was the 3rd LOTRS film out. At least in 2001 there was The Lord Of The Rings and 9/11

    99 was the last year of the last century and my last year in school as such.

    2000 was a great first year to the new Century.

    Live long and Prosper

    Peace and long life.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,376 ✭✭✭silliussoddius

    I think the septic tiger peaked in 2004 - 2005.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,194 ✭✭✭FintanMcluskey

    I sometimes use sporting events to remember years

    Johnny **** Wilkinson 🙄

  • Registered Users Posts: 533 ✭✭✭orourkeda1

  • Registered Users Posts: 29,808 ✭✭✭✭freshpopcorn

    We sort of won a Gold Medal in the Olympics in 2004 and the Luas got it's first passengers.

    In 2003 Mickey Joe Harte represented us at Eurovision and we also hosted the Special Olympics.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 24,443 ✭✭✭✭Strumms

    I’d a family member working the event, I remember vividly the buzz and busyness preceding it, and the euphoria in the aftermath of a really good and successful games. Everyone was really vibing on it.

    20 years ago though 😳

  • Registered Users Posts: 472 ✭✭JKerova1

    I realised that my pathetic first attempt at the Leaving was going to leave me working minimum wage jobs for life, so I had to go back to school at 20. Besides the Leaving I remember it being quite a carefree time. The economy was booming, seemed to be loads of opportunity. Little did we know what was to come. By the time I graduated a few years later in 2008 we were facing into an economic apocalypse.

  • Registered Users, Moderators, Regional Abroad Moderators Posts: 2,126 Mod ✭✭✭✭Nigel Fairservice

    I started my first year of college in 2003. A good year.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,398 ✭✭✭Sgt Hartman

    In 2003 I left a hospital job in Portsmouth to return to Limerick and finish my science degree, and also to help out my mother who was diagnosed with breast cancer at the time. I can't believe how fat I was when I look back at pics of myself back then though 😕

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,265 ✭✭✭brokenbad

    Can still vividly remember 2003 - still in the throes of the celtic tiger and cheap credit.........pre-approved credit cards coming in through the letter box on a weekly basis.....banks offering people a second mortgage........ordinary joes investing in expensive playthings like speedboats, helicopters, apartments in Bulgaria and top of the range 4 x 4's. Little did we know that just over 5 years later it would all come crashing down......

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    The Celtic Tiger was class. Great days.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,271 ✭✭✭Sunny Dayz

    Did My Leaving Cert in 2003. Now this year my son is doing his Leaving Cert. 😭

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,247 ✭✭✭✭mariaalice

    Start of a really sunny time in my life, remember going to a well-known pizza place for my birthday they had a few branches around town, had a cool New York name something and something, and it's going to annoy me now until I remember the name.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 8,655 ✭✭✭Gregor Samsa

    LOL, I graduated from a Degree in Fine Art Painting from NCAD in 1996 (which I absolutely loved), and I remember the sudden shock of graduating and thinking "what the fúck do I do now?" 😁

    It took a while, but fortunately by 2003, after a FÁS course in multimedia production and web design, I had settled well into a career (that didn't involve painting and was Celtic Tiger and subsequent crash proof).

    I wouldn't change a thing about doing the fine art degree, though.

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Arts Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 47,810 CMod ✭✭✭✭magicbastarder

    i bought my first house in 2003. sold it nine years later for a €100k loss.

  • Registered Users Posts: 15,118 ✭✭✭✭Vicxas

    Was in 5th year in Secondary School. More i think about it the more i want to cry in a corner.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,189 ✭✭✭BrianD3

    I remember at the time thinking that house prices were crazy and that a crash was imminent. They kept rising and I decided that I was wrong about a crash so bought in 2006, great.

    2003 seems pretty recent, the internet was well established but youtube was still a couple of years away. Most people in Ireland did not have broadband anyway, Porn was mostly static pics or low quality short videos.

    It was the last year when someone with enough money could travel from New York to London in under 3 hours

  • Registered Users Posts: 34,093 ✭✭✭✭o1s1n
    Master of the Universe

    Yep it's definitely a bit of a shock seeing your friends finishing up at the same time and walking into Graphic and Industrial design type jobs, meanwhile you're debating whether cutting off your ear might get your artwork some publicity. 😁

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,271 ✭✭✭Sunny Dayz

    Started college in that year too - UCD. Agreed it really was a great time to be in college with your whole future ahead, felt like the world was our oyster back then and even still when I graduated in 2006.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,714 ✭✭✭griffin100

    Got married and bought my first house in 2003. Seems so long ago but yet only yesterday.

  • Registered Users, Moderators, Regional Abroad Moderators Posts: 2,126 Mod ✭✭✭✭Nigel Fairservice

    Similar thoughts here on a politics degree in UCC 😅 People in my class went on to do a diverse range of things after though.

  • Registered Users Posts: 194 ✭✭JohnnyFortune

    Was sessioning like there was no tomorrow in 2003. Money was no object. Every weekend started on a Thursday and ended on a Monday. Pills, powders, potions and gallons of alcohol were the order of the day. Was some few years.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,010 ✭✭✭Mister Vain

    I was working in a factory. Most people only worked 4 days a week because they were too hungover on Mondays. It was the last year of smoking indoors. The smell off your clothes after been in a pub or club was horrendous.