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Pivotal "Riverdance" moments and positive memories
« on: August 10, 2018, 09:44:48 PM »
I don't know what people think of Riverdance nowadays but I distinctly remember at the time how ground-breaking it was. When Flatley came bounding across the stage with his arms lifted up and not welded to his sides I knew immediately that this was a radical departure from traditional Irish dance and was going to be something special.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0v_pu6miJ8

This was before the Euro, the property bubble and the banking shenanigans. I remember there being a positive atmosphere about the place, it was a country on the up, leaving behind the poverty of the past. Riverdance captured the spirit of that time beautifully.

There have been other positive moments in the national mindset too. Free from the usual cynicism and begrudgery, it's nice when something positive happens and people can celebrate something.

During the World Cup I was looking back at old YouTube clips from Italia 90, and the "nation holds its breath" moment in the Ireland v Romania match really jumped out at me. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0LR0fmN3gM

Others include the Croke Park fireworks of 2009, an underrated cultural moment in my opinion - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLRS8w5ehfk

Any others you can think of?

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Re: Pivotal "Riverdance" moments and positive memories
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2018, 11:11:02 PM »
You not think that Flatley came strutting across the stage like a big rooster?? It was unreal though. That ballbag Wogan ruined  it at the end though.

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Re: Pivotal "Riverdance" moments and positive memories
« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2018, 12:39:38 AM »
Wogan thought his job was to mock the whole proceedings. Playing to the Little Englander mentality. "Let's make fun of Johnny Foreigner, what what?"

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« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2018, 01:02:31 AM »
Wogan thought his job was to mock the whole proceedings. Playing to the Little Englander mentality. "Let's make fun of Johnny Foreigner, what what?"
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« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2018, 01:17:17 AM »
Wogan thought his job was to mock the whole proceedings. Playing to the Little Englander mentality. "Let's make fun of Johnny Foreigner, what what?"
In fairness, I think that whole 'Johnny Foreigner' thing from Wogan was a complete piss take. Like something Viz Comin would have done.
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« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2018, 01:29:59 AM »
Wogan thought his job was to mock the whole proceedings. Playing to the Little Englander mentality. "Let's make fun of Johnny Foreigner, what what?"
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« Reply #6 on: August 11, 2018, 01:30:43 AM »
Wogan thought his job was to mock the whole proceedings. Playing to the Little Englander mentality. "Let's make fun of Johnny Foreigner, what what?"
In fairness, I think that whole 'Johnny Foreigner' thing from Wogan was a complete piss take. Like something Viz Comin would have done.

Of course it was. It's a piss-take that plays well in England.

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« Reply #7 on: August 11, 2018, 07:23:44 AM »
The Good Friday Agreement

Rugby in Croke Park

QE2 ag labhairt Gaeilge
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« Reply #8 on: August 11, 2018, 09:04:03 PM »
The Good Friday Agreement

Rugby in Croke Park

QE2 ag labhairt Gaeilge

That was definitely a big one. When the result was called out it felt like the official end of the Troubles.