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Reeling In The Years

18 must-see gems from RTÉ's huge archives... in Vine form

Honestly, these are wonderful.

DO YOU FOLLOW the RTE Archives on Twitter?

If not, you’re really missing out. The Archives are a wealth of social history, shared cultural memories and brilliant nuggets from the State broadcaster down through the years. Their Twitter accounts sends out little snapshots of Ireland’s past, along with Vine clips, features on old programmes and videos of events gone by.

(PS -if any of the short clips below catch your eye, the full versions are nearly always available to view with more information or a connected story at

1. 21 year old Bernadette Devlin in 1969

Voting for the first time in an election – and winning a seat.

RTE Archives

2. Remember the new £5 note?

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3. “And if the wheel has come full circle…”

A memory of Heaney.

RTE Archives

4. Somewhere on an LA Highway, 1989…

Zig and Zag cruise with Ian Dempsey. (This is definitely the top pick. Brilliant.)

RTE Archives

5. Look!

It’s a young #VinB!

RTE Archives

6. A snapshot of life in the Aran Islands

Back in 1974.

RTE Archives

7. A poignant take on emigration

The loneliness of London, 1969 – still appropriate in 2014.

RTE Archives

8. The shortest St Patrick’s Day Parade ever?

An “arduous 25 yard route”.

RTE Archives

9. A beach in Dublin, 1984

The production team for The Women’s Programme train for the Mini Marathon.

RTE Archive

10. Were you guilty of getting involved in the 90s line dancing craze?

SOLD – Stamp Out Line Dancing, headed up by Dustin the Turkey.

RTE Archives

11. Dancing Gardai

Seachtain na Gaeilge, 1983.

RTE Archives

12. Original pirate material

Vibe FM, 1999.

RTE Archive

13. The 1998 Winter Olympics

The Irish bob sled team. Cool Runnings or what?

RTE Archive

14. The Savoy in Limerick closes up shop

The venue closed in 1989.

RTE Archives

15. Ireland hosts the Eurovision Song Contest in 1971

Yes! In colour and everything.

RTE Archives

16. Girl band mania in 1999

With these girls getting a makeover on Echo Island. Spot anyone you know?

RTE Archives

17. Reckon your local Garda could do this?

Garda Training College, opened in 1964.

18. Explosion on O’Connell Street

The Irish Army complete the destruction of Nelson’s Pillar.

Do you remember any of these moments from RTE? Or do you have your own favourite memory? Let us know in the comments.

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