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18 times kids telly on RTÉ was truly memorable
End of an era.

LAST NIGHT, IT was announced that RTÉ will stop making TV shows for young people – instead, sourcing all of their shows from the independent sector.

Sad times – because they’ve given us so many iconic moments down the years:

1. Like when young Kevin from Galway struggled to understand the premise of ‘What’s Snots?’

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2. That time everyone guessed “concorde” on Quizone

3. And this response to UHT milk on the same show

It could have been any of us.

4. When Kylie Minogue turned up on Scratch Saturday in 1990

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Geraldine from Wexford phoned up to ask her what age she had her first boyfriend and what size her waist was.

A proper grilling.

5. And dunked Ray D’Arcy with some green goo

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Career highlight?

6. When Dara O Briain conducted full interviews as Gaeilge

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The golden couple of Echo Island:

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7. The opening tones of Wanderly Wagon was our version of event TV

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8. And the spin-off Fortycoats and his sneaky snake

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9. When President Mary Robinson herself turned up on The Den

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10. Super Chicken featuring on Pajo’s Junkbox every Saturday morning

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11. The Bosco singalong

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12. Dreaming of getting your artwork shown on Draw With Don

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13. Remember when Star Stream was our very own version of Popstars on The Den in the early ’00s

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14. And that time Irish kids hip-hop danced on S:attitude

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15. One of the most memorable days of the year in terms of Irish kids telly was, ironically enough, when they cancelled The Den to show The Budget

“No fun today, kids.”

16. There were some serious guests on The Cafe in the mid-’00s – like when Republic of Loose played

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Your higher end teen telly on RTÉ.

17. And The Morbegs had a birthday party

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18. And finally… Ray D’Arcy’s goodbye on The Den in 1998 was only a little emotional </3

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It’s the end of an era.

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