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/ June 14, 2022

Remembering the Best and Worst Irish Fads

FatherHackJacket on Reddit
/ June 14, 2022

Remembering the Best and Worst Irish Fads

Words: Ellen Kenny

Image: iStock

R/Ireland have been looking at the best and worst Irish fads of the last decades, and it’s hard not to miss the good old days of fidget spinners and Pandora charms.

Coke has had its far share of fads, from the delightful “Share a Coke With” to the suspicious “Coca-Cola Life”. Reddit recalls another time Coke gripped the nation in the early 2000s- iPods and watches in exchange for wrappers:

Not a bad idea from Coke, is it? Promise people “free” stuff and watch them come running to the nearest soft drink stand. Of course, some people got crafty:

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“Sure get her one of them Pandoras”

Dads everywhere mourn the good old days, when men could be men and women wanted nothing more than another charm to add to their growing collection. Some women had enough charms to turn the bracelets into workouts for their wrists. And speaking of wrists…

Charity wristbands

Do we care about charity less now? That’s the only thing that could explain the lack of twenty-odd wristbands from charities on our arms these days.

The Great Donut Boom

We all remember the devastating queues in Blanchardstown when Krispy Kreme opened their first shop in Ireland. One Twitter user spotted thirty cars in the drive through and a hundred people waiting inside Thirty minute wait for a jam donut, anyone?

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The Fidget Spinner to Vape Pipeline?

Only the coolest kids had Fidget Spinners back in the day. And it wasn’t enough to just have one- you needed all the different colours and styles until your ADHD was well and truly satisfied.

Maybe reminiscing on the past will help us feel better about the future. Who knows, if we can get over grey walls and donut queues, maybe we can get over inflation or rising homophobia.

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