Before they became famous in their relative fields RTÉ Archives takes a look at some Irish celebrities, politicians, sports people, actors, singers and performers in the early years of their careers. From performing on the Late Late Toy Show to protesting at student demonstrations, the spotlight beckoned.
From relative obscurity to everyday recognition, we take a look back at the early days of now famous Irish people in their early appearances in front of television cameras.
Graham Norton appears on the RTÉ young people's programme 'Youngline' in 1981 where he voices his views on young people, discos and relationships.
A young Colin Farrell line dancing with troupe 'Step in Line'.
Boyzone make their debut appearance on the Late Late Show where they dance their socks off.
A 16 year old Ryan Tubridy appears on the programme 'Scratch Saturday' to review the latest offerings of U2 books.
In 1972 Pat Rabbitte addresses crowds of student protesters at Leinster House.
Eamon Gilmore at the age of 22 appears on RTÉ News during a protest over student grants .
A 19 year old Marian Finucane in a student occupation of 45 Saint Stephen's Green where they are carrying out work to restore the partially demolished building.
A fledgling, young actor of 26 years, Liam Neeson in the stage production of 'Streamers' at the Project Theatre in Dublin.
Imelda May appears on the Late Late Toy Show in 1986.
Louis Walsh discusses the career of Johnny Logan and his role as manager.
At the age of 19 as an amateur cyclist Stephen Roche wins the Rás.
Singer and actress Samantha Mumba first appeared on the Late Late Toy Show before making a career in pop and film.
A visit to Ráth Cairn, Co. Meath encounters a twelve year old Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh.
A fourteen year old Rory McIlroy shoots rounds to be proud of.
A 21 year old Kevin Myers addresses a student meeting in 1969.
A 25 year old Charlie Bird demonstrates water safety equipment at Dun Laoghaire pier.
New boy band, I.O.U. meet and greet with children at Sligo hospital.
At the age of 12 Evanna Lynch appeared on the Late Late Toy Show where she shows Pat Kenny some jewellery she has made.
The early designs of milliner Philip Treacy, who talks about his work and plans for the future.
Barry McGuigan age 17 from Clones, Co. Monaghan wins the title as national senior bantamweight champion.
Mary McAleese looks at what it is like to be wheelchair bound in the city of Dublin.
Before he became a critically acclaimed film director, Neil Jordan is filmed here at the age of 20 playing classical guitar.
Now a famous impersonator Mario Rosenstock appeared in an RTÉ News vox pop on the day that Seamus Heaney won the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Joe Duffy, at the age of 23, President of the Student's Union at Trinity College Dublin.