If you're too young to remember when Irish TV used to finish up for the night with the national anthem and A Prayer At Bedtime then this week's episode of Gogglebox would have filled you right in. Wait a minute... A Prayer At Bedtime? Podge And Rodge? A Scare At Bedtime? Literally just got that!
The show was an 80s and 90s special as older participants reminisced and younger ones gawked in amazement at some of the old Irish TV traditions such as the nation gathering for a bit of an aul pray before hitting the leaba.
As well as that, classic Irish moments from the era were put in the spotlight such as the iconic first Riverdance performance, the even more iconic Boyzone Late Late Show debut and, astonishingly since it was as recent as 1994, Housewife Of The Year hosted by Gay Byrne.
It's fair to say that everyone on the show as well as those at home loved all the throwbacks even if they just cemented how feckin' mad Ireland is as a nation...
— Shane Brewster (@Irn_Brew) January 10, 2019
— Hel Hop (@Helhop) January 10, 2019
I was so unaware that in the NINETIES on Irish tv RTE finished the day with “a bedtime prayer” and the national anthem, and that was that, I’m in the stitches #GoggleboxIRL
— Aoife (@CooneyAoife) January 10, 2019
Calor Housewife of the Year.... Never knew that was a thing!! #GoggleboxIRL
— Ronan O’Leary (@olayree) January 10, 2019
— eoghain fitzgerald (@eoghainfitz) January 9, 2019
This is the best #GoggleboxIRL ever on 80s and 90s TV ????
— Louise Stokes (@louleriedublin) January 10, 2019
I swear #GoggleboxIRL is funnier than any comedy. It is my absolute FAVOURITE. it's a pure tonic
— Naomi Tuohy Hooban (@NayTu) January 9, 2019
To the Dundalk lad on #GoggleboxIrl rolling his eyes at the 1st performance of Riverdance, you’re probably too young, but at the time it was literally a breathtaking experience to watch. No Eurovision interval act has ever come close to creating such an impact.
— Carole (Ducky) (@IrPsych) January 9, 2019
So amazing to see a woman encouraging the use of condoms and safe sex in Ireland in the 80's ???? #GoggleboxIRL
— Tess (@TessBradford) January 9, 2019
— Mary Mc Intyre (@Mc1988) January 9, 2019
— Anna Maria Mullally, (@alphacarla) January 10, 2019
Glenroe over, time for bed.
Shit! Me homework! #GoggleboxIRL
— Kevin Dillon (@KevinWriteStuff) January 9, 2019
A simpler time indeed.