Sunday 26 February 2017

From Leo Vardkar to The Dress - test your brain with our end of year general and news knowledge quiz 2015

Darragh McManus

Darragh McManus

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 01: Singer Katy Perry performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 01: Singer Katy Perry performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

How well do you remember the events of the past year? Does 'The Dress' mean anything to you? Do you log the tries of all New Zealand's rugby games? How's your knowledge of Irish politics? Feel free to test your brain with our end of year quiz with questions all of these topics and more...

(Note: answers are provided at the end.  But please remember – Googling takes all the fun out of it…)


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TD Leo Varadkar came out as gay, live on radio, to which RTE presenter?

Last month, who became the first South American head of state to visit Ireland?

On what date was Renua, the new political party, officially launched?

Which was the only constituency to return a No vote in the Same-Sex Marriage referendum?

How much did Eircom reportedly spend in rebranding the company as Eir?




David Cameron and the Tories comfortably won the UK General Election. Who was the last Labour leader, other than Tony Blair, to win an election?

Greece became the first advanced economy to miss a payment to the IMF – name their Finance Minister at the time.

How many people were murdered by Islamist terrorists at the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris last January?

In February the whole world went doolally debating whether a dress was black and blue, or white and gold. Who wore it?

Debris from the missing Malaysian Airlines flight 370 was finally found on which island in the Indian Ocean?




Who won Man of the Match after this year’s All-Ireland football final, in which Dublin beat Kerry?

Ireland’s soccer team qualified for Euro 2016. What did manager Martin O’Neill study as a young man at Queens University Belfast?

How many tries did New Zealand score in their Rugby World Cup demolition of France?

Part-Irish boxer Tyson Fury became world heavyweight champion last month. Who did he defeat?

Between them, how many senior All-Ireland medals have Cork dual stars Briege Corkery and Rena Buckley won?




Limerick writer Kevin Barry won the prestigious Goldsmiths Prize for his novel Beatlebone. How many other books has he published?

Singing superstar Adele released her third album. What’s her surname?

Hollywood legend Maureen O’Hara died in October. What age was she?

What character does Domhnall Gleeson play in the new Star Wars movie?

Who won this year’s Bad Sex in Fiction Award?




The Web Summit famously flounced off to Lisbon, from next year. How much did one day’s lunch coupon cost at their final Dublin event?

Name Facebook mogul Mark Zuckerberg’s baby daughter.

In January a British spacecraft, thought missing on Mars since 2003, was found again by NASA. What is it called?

The strongest tropical cyclone ever recorded hit the Western Hemisphere in October – name it.

Pioneering English neurologist Oliver Sacks died this year. One of his books inspired which 1990 Robert de Niro movie?




Caitlyn Jenner became a transgender icon in 2015. But at which Olympic Games did the then-Bruce Jenner win gold in the decathlon?

One of Katy Perry’s supporting sharks – really – became a global sensation after the Superbowl. But the one on which side?

An untouched picture of Cindy Crawford caused a kerfuffle when it was leaked. What age is the supermodel now?

Whose name was Yahoo’s most-searched term in 2015?

What was Ariana Grande and a friend caught licking in a California shop?


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