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13 things from the Celtic Tiger you don't see anymore

We definitely still don’t know what a tracker mortgage is.

WE ALL PARTIED – but some more than others. Celtic Tiger Ireland was a very different island to the one we live on today.

See if you remember any of these blasts  from the past.



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Patios suddenly just weren’t good enough anymore.

Patio heaters

And what did you put on your new deck?

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That’s right, a big patio heater and a massive gas BBQ. Because you’re worth it.


Remember looking up and seeing the sky dotted with cranes?

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Not so much anymore. At least we still have our rainbows to gaze up at.

Holidays homes in Bulgaria

It was The Next Big Thing.

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A week in your Dad’s friend’s holiday home in Dingle didn’t cut the mustard in those days.


We have the Celtic Tiger to thank for sundried tomato pesto, fancy coffees and the sudden proliferation of the phrase “to go” instead of “to takeaway”.

A lot of those things have stuck around. But luckily good old toasties are starting to make a comeback over our continental cousin, the panini. (Panino in the singular, doncha know.)

Eddie Hobbs

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And let’s not forget David McWilliams.

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Mad traffic

According to some seasoned drivers, the crazy traffic of the boomtime is a thing of the past.

We still get jams of course (the world isn’t that perfect) but they’re a lot less hectic than they used to be!

Shopping trips to New York

Remember people would hop across the pond for Christmas shopping?

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Toting brands not available in Ireland was the ultimate status symbol.

Your Macy’s bag didn’t just say “I’m a nice bag” it said “I’m a nice bag with an owner who can afford transatlantic flights”.

Ads for tracker mortgages

Still don’t understand APR?

Ah it’s grand, turns out no one really did.


Limos at the drop of a hat

Communion? LIMO.

Image: KPCD

Hen party? LIMO.

Image: LimoRide


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Helicopters to the Races

This poor helicopter isn’t a bad metaphor for the Irish economy’s recent trajectory…

Ouch. Not to worry, she’ll fly again after a few repairs, extra safety precautions and some luck!

Ads for housing estates

How times have changed. This ad is from 1990:

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And remember the ads for rural housing estates only “40 minutes from Dublin”? 40 minutes? Well, in that helicopter maybe…

And last but not least…

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There ya are, Bertie!

What do you remember from the Celtic Tiger?

Read: Graphs – here’s how car-crazy Ireland was in 2000>

Boomtime: 9 Celtic Tiger ads you won’t see these days…>

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