I came across these old Irish photos of memories from the 70’s and 80’s. It’s hard to believe that we only moved to the Euro currency in 2002. Looking at this photo of the old coins brings me back to my trips to the local shop where I could buy ‘Fruit salad’ sweets for a half a penny each.
I still recall the consternation on the shopkeeper’s face as she would leer at a group of kids who would spend 5 minutes each ordering a large array of halfpenny sweets. Everything from rhubarb and custard, to milky teeth, sherbets, fizzy space ships and fruit salad. Behind her acerbic smile I could tell that she was thinking ‘What has my feckin life come to? Serving these snotty nosed kids half penny sweets for 20 minutes’.
The Aer Lingus cabin crew staff were the real super models of our day. Long before super models actually existed. They were all impossibly glamorous and everyone envied their grace and style.
Of course, in those days Airline travel was quite a luxury. My father worked for Aer Lingus and as a family we got to travel quite a bit. I remember being in the cock pit on a few occasions as we often flew stand by.
In the 70’s and 80’s we traveled to Nigeria, Malta, Spain, Holland and the UK. We lived in Nigeria for 6 months when I was 7 years old and I have the most incredible memories of this time which I will share with you in another blog.
That’s all for now