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How the world looked before Henry Shefflin came along and dominated hurling

It was a simpler time.

The King was but a prince before making his bow in the 6-21 to 1 – 14 win over Laois on 20 June, 1999

Henry Shefflin 2/5/1999 Source: Lorraine O'Sullivan/INPHO

The Blair Witch Project was still just a terrifying rumour


Mike Myers had just become everyone’s favourite faux-British spy


DJ Carey had only won two All-Irelands

Henry helped him get three more.

DJ Carey 20/6/1999 Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

There were only Five Nations in that rugby Championship you’ve heard a lot about recently

Irish Front Row 20/3/1999 Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

And Scotland were the best rugby team in Europe


Rugby Union - Five Nations Championship - France v Scotland Source: EMPICS Sport

Over in America, nobody knew what a J-Lo was, but they liked this actress’ move to music

If you’re reading this, Jennifer; ‘If you had my love’ still sounds great by the way.

Source: JenniferLopezVEVO/YouTube

And music was changed forever


Meanwhile, Ireland’s taste in number one hits was a little different

Though poor Shania only lasted one week before that 9PM (Til I Come) song came along.


Manchester United were still in dreamland, three and a half weeks after this

Soccer - UEFA Champions League - Final - Manchester United v Bayern Munich Source: EMPICS Sport

It really was a golden age of music. ‘Bring it all back’ was number one in England!

We can imagine a young Shefflin getting ready for war with a bit of S Club in his Discman.


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Sean Farrell

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