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21 throwback photos of your favourite Irish celebrities

Morto for them.


1. Amy Huberman

Huberman featured in RTÉ series On Home Ground back in 2001. Here she is with the cast, including Elmo from Love/Hate who played her boyfriend.

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2. Cillian Murphy

Cillian used to be in a jazz band, and he appeared on RTE when he was just 19 to talk about it.

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3. Dara O Briain

Long before he left us to go live the high life in London, Dara appeared on various shows on RTE. Back in 1997, exactly 20 years ago, he covered the Ploughing Championships and it was a sight to see.

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4. Brian O’Driscoll

Baby Brian! Here he is in 2001 chilling out in his Lion’s kit.

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But who could forget that barnet, back in 2003?

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A glorious mane.

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5. Rosanna Davison

Here she is after winning Miss Ireland back in 2003. Has she changed AT ALL in the last 14 years?

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6. Pippa O’Connor

Yep, ten years ago Pippa was a model doing all sorts of questionable photocalls.

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Would she be caught dead in any of this gear now?


Most definitely not.

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7. Brian McFadden

Looking angelic in 1999. When his fight against Isis was just a glint in his eye.

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8. Michael Fassbender

Fassbender appeared in this wonderful Mastercard ad you’ll remember from 2002, but forget that he actually starred in it.

Another fun fact, is that this ad was directed by Oscar-nominee and Room director, Lenny Abrahamson. Michael was about 25 here.


9. Chris O’Dowd

Here he is back in 2006 with a mystery girlfriend and the most ‘Irish lad attempts to dress up’ example we could possibly find.

BRIT Awards 2006 - Earls Court Source: Ian West

10. Domhnall Gleeson

This is lil Domhnall in Studs. He made this movie back in 2006, making him 23 at the time.


We’re big fans of his grunge look at the Harry Potter premiere just seven years ago

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11. Louis Walsh

Look at that hair! Here he is back in the 80s. Serious throwback.


12. Graham Norton

Before he was off in London interviewing all the slebs, he was giving out on telly. When he was 17, back in 1981, he appeared on Youngline to voice his opinion on discos.

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Even better, here he is in 2001 filming So Graham Norton!, his first chat show.

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13. Michael D Higgins

Michael D Higgins looking well on his wedding day back in 1974.

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14. Ruth Negga

Here she is looking SO mid-noughties back in 2006. She’s only about 24 here, bless.

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