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From the water charges to Kim Kardashian's bum, test your general news knowledge with our end of year quiz 2014

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Anti Water Charges Protesters and Gardai clash at the junction of Nassau street and Kildare street

Anti Water Charges Protesters and Gardai clash at the junction of Nassau street and Kildare street

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Anti Water Charges Protesters and Gardai clash at the junction of Nassau street and Kildare street

Fancy yourself as general knowledge king or queen? Test your knowledge of the news stories of 2014 from water charges to Donald Trump to Kim Kardashian's naked magazine cover with our end-of-year quiz, or challenge your colleagues or family members to a big-brained battle. Either way, bear in mind that googling (or scrolling to the answers at the end) takes all the fun out of it!

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The late Jackie Healy Rae taking a break from the campaign trail in Dingle in 2007 to enjoy a Murphy's Ice-Cream on Strand Street! Photo courtesy of Kieran Murphy

The late Jackie Healy Rae taking a break from the campaign trail in Dingle in 2007 to enjoy a Murphy's Ice-Cream on Strand Street! Photo courtesy of Kieran Murphy

The late Jackie Healy Rae taking a break from the campaign trail in Dingle in 2007 to enjoy a Murphy's Ice-Cream on Strand Street! Photo courtesy of Kieran Murphy
 

IRELAND

1. The first, and worst, of several winter storms hit on January 6-7 – name it.

2. A new bridge across the Liffey opened, connecting Marlborough St and Hawkins Street. Which legendary trade unionist is it named after?

3. Former TD Jackie Healy-Rae died recently – what age was he?

4. After a year of increasingly heated protests, the Government postponed metred water charges. What’s now the fixed bill for a single adult household?

5. Left-wing TD Paul Murphy won a by-election in October; who’s his well-known uncle?

 

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A local resident awaits the landing of a British Navy helicopter as it drops food aid on Sherbro Island, Sierra Leone, on Sunday, as it emerges that this year's Christmas advertisements have been replaced and by public service announcements and businesses are struggling (AP Photo/Michael Duff)

A local resident awaits the landing of a British Navy helicopter as it drops food aid on Sherbro Island, Sierra Leone, on Sunday, as it emerges that this year's Christmas advertisements have been replaced and by public service announcements and businesses are struggling (AP Photo/Michael Duff)

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A local resident awaits the landing of a British Navy helicopter as it drops food aid on Sherbro Island, Sierra Leone, on Sunday, as it emerges that this year's Christmas advertisements have been replaced and by public service announcements and businesses are struggling (AP Photo/Michael Duff)
 

INTERNATIONAL

1. Sierra Leone was one of three African countries hit by an outbreak of Ebola. Name its capital city.

2. 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed by police in the US town of Ferguson, sparking months of unrest. In which state is Ferguson?

3. Latvia joined the Eurozone at the start of the year. How many nations are in it now?

4. A Malaysia Airlines plane disappeared without trace en route from Beijing to Kuala Lumpur, presumed crashed. What was its flight number?

5. Name the American photojournalist killed by Islamic jihadist ISIS in Syria last August?

 

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John O'Shea celebrates after scoring his side's equalising goal with team-mate Jonathan Walters. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifer, Group D, Germany v Republic of Ireland (David Maher / SPORTSFILE)

John O'Shea celebrates after scoring his side's equalising goal with team-mate Jonathan Walters. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifer, Group D, Germany v Republic of Ireland (David Maher / SPORTSFILE)

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John O'Shea celebrates after scoring his side's equalising goal with team-mate Jonathan Walters. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifer, Group D, Germany v Republic of Ireland (David Maher / SPORTSFILE)
 

SPORT

1. Tycoon Donald Trump purchased the golf resort in Doonbeg, Co Clare. What’s its new name?

2. Sky Sports became the first non-Irish broadcaster to do live coverage of Gaelic games. What was the first match they aired?

3. John O’Shea scored a late, late equaliser for Ireland against Germany. How many previous international goals had he scored?

4. The 22nd Winter Olympic Games were held in February. What was the host city?

5. Kerry beat Donegal in the All-Ireland football final. Name one of their two goalscorers.

 

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John Michael McDonagh

John Michael McDonagh

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John Michael McDonagh
 

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

1. The cancellation of Garth Brooks’s Croke Park gigs had the country in uproar. But how many gigs had he intended to perform?

2. Filmmaker John Michael McDonagh got in hot water after slagging off the standard of Irish movies. Name his fellow-director brother.

3. The forthcoming Star Wars sequel filmed some of its scenes on which Co Kerry island?

4. British writer David Mitchell was long-listed for the Booker Prize for his new novel, The Bone Clocks. In which West Cork town does he live?

5. Ray D’Arcy is returning to RTE after 14 years with Today FM. In what year did he begin his RTE career on kids’ TV show Jo Maxi?

 

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Dr James Reilly does the ice bucket challenge

Dr James Reilly does the ice bucket challenge

Dr James Reilly does the ice bucket challenge
 

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

1. The Ice Bucket Challenge absolutely took over social media all summer. What disease was it was originally set up to raise funds for?

2. Former Irish President Mary Robinson was appointed UN Special Envoy for…what?

3. The European Space Agency landed a probe on a comet in November – name the vessel.

4. Tech giants Apple gave away U2’s new album at the launch of the iPhone 6…to roughly how many people?

5. The Dublin Web Summit in November suffered an embarrassing loss of wi-fi service. Who’s its CEO?

 

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Model Nadia Forde does not care about the online criticism about her body

Model Nadia Forde does not care about the online criticism about her body

Model Nadia Forde does not care about the online criticism about her body
 

CELEBRITIES

1.  Kim Kardashian shocked everyone – again – by posing naked for photos – again. But in which magazine?

2. A famous husband and wife “consciously uncoupled” earlier this year. Name him or her.

3. Irish model Nadia Forde was the fourth contestant voted off I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! Who exited first?

4. Alec Baldwin retired from public life in February. How many actor brothers does he have?

5. Beyoncé had a massive row in an elevator with her younger sister, also bestowed with a ridiculous name. What is it?

 

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IRELAND

1.Superstorm Christine

2.Rosie Hackett

3.83

4.€160

5.Former RTE newsreader Michael Murphy

 

INTERNATIONAL

1.Freetown

2.Missouri

3.18

4.370

5.James Foley

 

SPORT

1. Trump International Golf Links, Ireland

2. Kilkenny vs Offaly, Leinster hurling quarter-final

3.  2

4. Sochi

5. Paul Geaney, Kieran Donaghy

 

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

1. 5

2. Martin

3. Skellig Michael

4. Clonakilty

5. 1988

 

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

1.Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

2.Climate Change

3.Rosetta

4.500 million

5.Paddy Cosgrave

 

CELEBRITIES

1. Paper

2. Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Martin.

3. Gemma Collins

4. 3

5. Solange

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