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A time capsule put together 25 years ago has been opened.

Pupils at Loreto Primary School in Rathfarnham in Dublin gathered the items to mark European Nature Conservation Year 1995.

Legendary broadcaster Gay Byrne contributed to the capsule with a letter, saying: "I'll be dead or 86-years-old and still presenting The Late Late Show".

The RTÉ icon, who passed away last November, wrote that due to climate change, "by 2020 we’ll be growing Mediterranean fruit and vegetables and Ireland will be a little paradise island in the Northern Atlantic".

He also said that cars would be banned in Dublin and that the Luas would be the only transport in the city.

He predicted that "cancer, heart disease, diabetes and AIDS will be diseases with cures and we’ll all be living longer" and that people will be "taking adventure holidays to other planets".

Joe Duffy was another well-known contributor to the project.

He said that in 2020, the world would be over-run with greed and high-tech communication designed to stop people from meeting face to face.

The school was one of 72 in Ireland that participated in the 20-20 Vision project during which capsules were buried on this day in 1996.

Additional reporting by Sarah-Jayne Tobin

Main image: Louise Mulholland, Maria Mc Grath and Laura Hendrick, former pupils of Loreto Primary School, who participated in the time capsule project in 1995/96. The image on the left was originally published in the Irish Independent. On the right are the three pictured at the opening of the capsule at the school in Rathfarnham yesterday. Photo: Julien Behal Photography

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