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9 memories you'll have if you were a dedicated Off The Rails viewer

“Off The Rails, off the rails…”


OFF THE RAILS was a fashion show that aired on RTÉ for the better part of thirteen years.

And though it may be gone off the air, we still have fond memories of it.

1. For one thing, it was the most gloriously 2000s show ever

Off The Rails debuted on our screens in 2000, meaning that it touched on all those cringey 2000s trends we wish we could forget.

Look at these two gals admiring their sparkly jewel-encrusted mobile phones. It doesn’t get more early noughties than that.

off Source: RTÉ

2. It educated a whole generation of gals on all things style and beauty

*takes out notebook*

3. It introduced us to gals like Liz Bonnin, Caroline Morahan and Pamela Flood

In the early 2000s, they were the queens of Ireland telling us peasants how to take a look from day to night. Miss you, gals.

Off The Rails Shows Source: Graham Hughes/Photocall Ireland!

4. The makeover segments were to ~die for~

“Ah, what have they put her in?” followed by, “Ah, she actually looks lovely in fairness. Look at her, she’s delighted.”

Whenever they asked viewers to nominate friends and family for a makeover, you always threatened to send your Mam’s name in. “Don’t you dare,” she warned, while secretly hoping you would.

rte Source: RTÉ

5. The best part of the makeovers? It was inevitable that you would see someone you know on them at some stage

That’s Ireland for you.

6. And the celebrity segments were both entertaining and illuminating

“Oh, of course she uses Creme de la Mer. It’s well for some, isn’t it?”

crem Source: RTE

7. And who can forget the Off The Rails live shows?

A big-budget affair, as you can probably tell from this promotional photo.

You always secretly wanted to go because you heard something about ‘goody bags’.

RTE OFF THE RAILS FASHION SHOWS Source: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

8. Let’s take a moment to appreciate some of the clothes modeled at the Off The Rails live show, shall we?

Those jean pockets just scream 2004.

Off The Rails Shows Source: Graham Hughes/Photocall Ireland!

Walking into the club like:

OFF THE RAILS FASHION SHOWS Source: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

It’s called fashion. You wouldn’t get it.

OFF THE RAILS FASHION SHOWS Source: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

9. And finally, let’s give it up for that theme song

Off the rails, off the rails, off the rails…

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Amy O'Connor

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