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2013 Review: Independent.ie's most read stories

Published 31/12/2013 | 18:18

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U.S. President Barack Obama drinks from a pint of Guinness stout at the Ollie Hayes pub in Moneygall...U.S. President Barack Obama drinks from a pint of Guinness stout at the Ollie Hayes pub in Moneygall, Ireland May 23, 2011. Obama sipped a pint of stout and cuddled babies on Monday as a tiny Irish village on Monday welcomed home "a long lost cousin" with an outpouring of affection. Hoisting a glass of Guinness at Ollie Hayes pub as fiddle music played, Obama thus began a four-nation tour of Europe with a celebration of his ancestral roots. REUTERS/Maxwell's/POOL   (IRELAND - Tags: POLITICS)...I
Hopefully the news the price of a pint is to go up 10c won't put off this man coming back.

Here are this year's most popular stories by month.

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2013 was a hugely successful year for the site and we'd like to thank our readers. The figure next to each headline is the percentage of the overall views the article received on independent.ie. Here's looking forward to 2014.

January - Adele confirmed to perform Skyfall live at the Oscars - 0.54pc

Good will for singer Adele and the James Bond franchise's 50th anniversary meant this story received plenty of views during the January blues.

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February - Developer had insult carved into forehead by kidnapper - 0.14pc

Reports of the alleged abduction of property developer Kevin McGeever gripped readers when he was discovered in Leitrim, eight months after he disappeared.

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March - Trinity students blag way around globe for 'jailbreak' charity stunt - 1.04pc

Trinity Students took part in a 'Jailbreak' challenge to raise money for St. Vincent de Paul and Amnesty International. Students had to blag their way to far flung destinations. The event became an online viral smash, with inventive students going above and beyond for charity. The winners made it all the way to Argentina.

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April - Donal Walsh: 'I wanted to live, to play for Munster, to travel the whole world' - 0.24pc

Shortly before he died, 16-year-old wrote this moving account of his battle with cancer and how he won his life back in the face of a terminal illness. The reaction to Donal's blog was incredible, with hundreds speaking of how much it helped them.

Donal's story was so powerful, it continued to spread through May, affecting a global audience and accounting for 0.64pc of the website's May figures.

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MayCommando in Cannes - Eva Longoria has wardrobe malfunction on red carpet - 0.17pc

Donal Walsh's story was the most read story in May, but the 2nd place goes to the fuss stirred up by photos of an Eva Longoria wardrobe malfunction.

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June - Failte First Family: the Obamas touch down in Ireland - 0.45pc

US President Barack Obama landed in Belfast to attend the G8 Summit, but the real focus was on the First Lady Michelle Obama and her busy itinerary. Trinity College, Glendalough and a special performance of Riverdance were all on the cards.

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July - Sex scrum claims go viral as 'heroine' answers Ireland's call - 0.19pc

It was a story that originated on social media and went wild there. The alleged night time adventures of two rugby players and a woman caused a storm with the comment "I'm a broken woman."

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August - Gardai probe incident at Slane Castle involving teenage girl - 0.58pc

Following a concert at Slane Castle, photos emerged which went viral and spread across social media, attracting global interest.

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September - Roma family is banished to Amsterdam's 'scum' village - 0.36pc

The editorial decision was made to  place this story, about a Roma family re-housed by Dutch authorities, in a prominent position on the site. This  led to certain English speaking media showing increased interest in the story, with a noticeable increase in traffic from the US.

October - Poisonous false widow spiders spread across Ireland - 0.20pc

An Irish twist on a UK story saw massive interest on Facebook, with more and more false widow experiences shared by readers.

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November - Switch to e-books was 'an unmitigated disaster', says school principal - 0.14pc

With many schools around the world switching to tablet devices, this story drew a lot of interest and sparked a lively debate.

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December - Mother's agony as teenage girl dies from peanut allergy on city street - 0.40pc

December's top story ends the year on a low. The tragic death of Emma Sloan from an allergic reaction to peanuts, became a story shared globally. Disbelief at the tragedy occurring in a busy capital city street, combined with the sadness at the loss of such a young life, resulted in a story shared far beyond Irish shores

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