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18 things that were true ten years ago

It’s been a decade since 2006 ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

IT’S NOW 2016. Which means that 2006 was ten years ago.

Let that sink in for a second.

And now, cast your mind back to things that were perfectly OK in 2006:

1. Like the fact that Jamie Dornan sang in a band called Sons of Jim

SHOWBIZ Jim Source: Steve Parsons/PA

It was a different world.

SHOWBIZ Jim Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images

2. In 2006, this is how Government-backed schemes were launched

SSIA Spending Launch Source: Graham Hughes/Photocall Ireland!

“Representing the difference in SSIA spending trends between men and women” apparently.


3. In fact, the SSIA saving scheme was all the rage

SSIA Your Little Black Books Source: Graham Hughes/Photocall Ireland!

As were the promotional photo shoots.

SSIA'S Launch Source: Graham Hughes/Photocall Ireland!

4. 2006 was a time when this spent six weeks at number one in Ireland

patshortt Source: YouTube

Ah, ten years ago.

*wipes away tear*

5. Kim Kardashian was just a stylist to the stars in 2006

T MOBILE SIDEKICK LAUNCH Source: AP/Press Association Images

Here, with Serena Williams.

Oh, how ten years would change her life.

6. This was a perfectly acceptable version of a soon to be famous website


7. In 2006, Paris Hilton coming to Dublin was a really big deal

Paris Hilton In Ireland

8. And selfies worked like this

Paris Hilton In Ireland

More of a technical challenge than now.

9. Pat Kenny still reigned supreme over the Late Late

patkenny Source: RTE/YouTube

Playing the new fangled Wii there.

10. Irish girl group Triniti held a photoshoot in an office with no shoes on

Triniti Album Launch Source: Graham Hughes/Photocall Ireland!

This was the 2006 way.

11. Ten years ago, Kodaline were not Kodaline. They were 21 Demands, and they were on You’re a Star on RTÉ

21demands Source: YouTube

12. This is how TV channels were launched in 2006

Channel Six Launch Source: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Ah, Channel 6.

13. Back then, The Trinity Ball had a Winter Wonderland theme, despite being held in May

Trintiy Ball 2006 Source: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Party on, guys.

Trinity Ball 2006

14. In 2006, George Hook was exactly the same

NCH Season Launch Source: Graham Hughes/Photocall Ireland!

And it was perfectly acceptable.

15. Jordan coming to Dublin was a massive event

Jordan Book Signing Source: Graham Hughes/Photocall Ireland!

16. The Wind That Shakes the Barley was the s**t

Cannes Film Festival - The Wind That Shakes the Barley Source: AP/Press Association Images

2006 Cillian Murphy, you haven’t changed a bit.

17. This is how The Bagel Factory promoted their one euro discount off all smoothies

Glenda Gilson Source: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

18. And finally… nearly everyone you knew was addicted to this

bebo homepage Source: Sean MacEntee

You gave luv, put people in your top 16 friends and changed your skin on the regular.

It was all so different then.

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David Elkin

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