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What the world looked like when the 2016 Leaving Cert class were being born

Gonna party like it’s 1998…

TOMORROW, THOUSANDS OF youngsters will sit down to face one of the most daunting fortnights of their lives. We are, of course, talking about the Leaving Cert.

The majority of this year’s crop of students were born in 1998/1999. (Gulp.) But what was the world like back then?

Let’s take a step back in time, shall we?

1. People were going to the cinema in their droves to watch this…


2. And busy roaring, “Don’t wanna close my eyes, I don’t wanna fall asleep…”

‘Cause I’d miss you, baby. And I don’t wanna miss a thing.

vevo Source: ArmageddonVEVO/YouTube

3. Ireland was getting to grips with there being *another* Irish channel on the airwaves

The novelty!

Alan Cantwell & Grainne Seoige TV 3 News Anchors Source: Photocall Ireland

4. We were tuning in to 2Phat every week to watch Velcro Girl’s exploits

velcro girl Source: doublezwynne/YouTube

5. And left gobsmacked when Tiffany Mitchell was hit by a car


insta Source: Eastenders/YouTube

6. Gwyneth’s tears and pink dress were the talk of the 1998 Oscars

Oscars Speech Therapy Source: AP/Press Association Images

7. This was the game of choice

pokemon_red_cover_art_by_comunello76-d4xmi7e Source: loveroms.com

8. And this is what Google looked like

Just imagine, kids: ‘Google’ wasn’t even a verb yet.


9. The Tour de France left, er, France and came to Ireland instead

No, really.

CYCLE Tour de France 4 Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images

10. And Dario G’s Carnaval de Paris was the biggest banger going

Admit it: we’ll all be singing it if Ireland manage to win a match in Euro 2016.

Source: RHINO/YouTube

11. This was the coolest video around

It made you felt like you just got home, didn’t it?

insta Source: Madonna Greece/YouTube

12. The nation was *scandalised* by Miley and Fidelma’s antics in the hay

miley Source: Paddy O'Paddy/YouTube

13. This lad was busy maintaining that he did not have sexual relations with that woman

GERMANY CLINTON Source: AP/Press Association Images

14. People weren’t able to sleep because of this

giphy (3) Source: hoppip/Tumblr

15. Four Irish girls dressed head to toe in denim were busy taking over the world

giphy (4) Source: darknessdescends/Tumblr

16. And finally, this music stopped being an integral part of every Irish person’s morning routine…

Source: radioman02/YouTube

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Amy O'Connor

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