There I was making a cup of tea with a tea bag and I got to thinking of all the things, of my lifetime, that have vanished apart from fleeting memories of them. Here’s a few that might or might not jog a memory, draw a smile, a sigh or …
#1. Green public telephone boxes with button A and button B. (I saw one in a garden out in the middle of nowhere the other day.)
#2. The Riordans on RTE television
#3. Making a ‘trunk call’ and having to dial the operator.
#4. A time when there were no mobile phones and not all that many houses with telephones.
#5. Wooden tennis rackets
#6. The coming of the ‘hole in the wall’ that gave out money and how you’d say ‘Thank You’ ’til you realised what an eejit you were talking to a machine.
#7. The move to decimalisation
#8. When shops were shut on Sundays and from 1-2 for lunch.
#9. When you went to the chemist to collect your photos and get a new film.
#10. The doctor who dropped in after tea to check on ‘the patient.’
#13. Butlins Mosney by the Sea
#15. The border posts between the Republic and Northern Ireland
#16. When 99.99% of people in Ireland were white
#17. Days before Funeral Homes
#18. When JFK was revered in Ireland
#19. Showbands coming to town
#20.45s and LPs
#21. The washing-up ritual
#22. Talk of joining the Common Market
#23. Charles Mitchell reading the News on RTE
#24. That first big green car wash when you forgot to close the window
#25. Jim Figgerty
#26. The Catholic Church ban on its adherents attending Trinity College, Dublin without special dispensation.
#27. Edna O’Brien’s The Country Girls
#28. When Sunday Mass included the priest reading out a list of who had given a donation to the church and how much it was.
#29. The first moon walk
#30. Listening to Radio Luxemburg under the blankets (no duvets then!)
Maybe you have a few or hundreds to add to the list?