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11 legendary moments in Irish advertising history

“Kate, it’s me. The guy from the bar.”

YOU MIGHT NOT be able to remember the names of old school friends or a single thing you learned in geography, but certain television ads are forever etched into your memory.


1. This legendary text

is this Source: Barry's Tea/Facebook

2. The nifty red sweatshirts worn by many a Power City spokesman

power city

3. “Hiya Kate! It’s me, the guy from the bar.”

esat Source: meadowsirl/YouTube

No, honestly it is.

4. The coy head on Sally O’Brien

sallyobrien Source: haribokey/YouTube

From the infamous Harp ad, of course.

5. The time Sharon Ní Bheoláin got a shout out in a Carlsberg ad


What an honour.

(And in case your memory needs refreshing, here it is.)

6. A young Alan Hughes gazing wistfully out the window as he returns home for Christmas


7. Maurice Pratt telling the nation about Quinnsworth’s latest offers


8. The annoyingly catchy Pat The Baker song

pat Source: Syzy9ial/YouTube

It’s Pat the Baker/First for freshness/Pat the Baker/So fresh it’s famous


*praise hands emoji*

9. The Bus Éireann dog!

buseireann Source: Bus Eireann/YouTube

Who could forget?

10. This immortal question

insta Source: YouTube

11. This song still subconsciously sung by adults as they stand at traffic lights…

safe Source: YouTube

Sure, you might technically be a grown-up, but that doesn’t mean the Safe Cross Code doesn’t occasionally infiltrate your thoughts.

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Amy O'Connor

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