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Amazingly nostalgic RTÉ news intros throughout the years

Vere Wynne Jones, Don Cockburn, the whole gang.

RTÉ HAS SAID that it’s giving the news a makeover.

That includes a new tune from composer Ronan Hardiman as well as some changes for the bulletins and the newsroom as a whole.

It’s prompted us to take a nostalgic look at some of RTÉ’s intros and theme tunes down through the years.

1985

This clip from 1985 has a bonus Today Tonight (remember that?) teaser and these graphics:

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Meanwhile, this was RTÉ Two’s Newsnight intro during the same year:

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1987

In 1987 RTÉ stopped broadcasting at around 11.45pm each night, rounding off the day with some news headlines, the national anthem and then closedown.

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There was no news intro music, but this video does feature Vere Wynn Jones and some bonus eighties ads.

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 1991

Check out those graphics:

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And a moustachioed Ken Hammond with News Extra:

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1993

Things were a little swankier by 1993:

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This was the intro to the Six One News late that year:

Source: pcummins2009/YouTube

1995

Some more classic ads here, along with some alarming news intro music:

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1997

By 1997 the Nine O’Clock News had been using the same intro music and graphics for several years. Hey, if it ain’t broke…

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1998

Here’s the nation’s beloved Anne Doyle reading the last news broadcast of 1998 as the country prepared to change over to the single currency.

Source: pcummins2009/YouTube

1999

1999 brought a new look and sound to the RTÉ news intro:

Source: pcummins2009/YouTube

2000

Here’s a news broadcast from the Christmas period in 2000, including a bonus Angelus.

Source: pcummins2009/YouTube

2002

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2005

In 2005 violence in Kildare, The Columbia Three and tributes to Mo Mowlam made the headlines:

Source: pcummins2009/YouTube

2007

2007 saw a move away from blues and greens with this intro:

Source: pcummins2009/YouTube

2009

The 2009 news intro was much the same as it is now:

Source: pcummins2009/YouTube

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