Thursday 13 December 2018

The year that was... Ireland in pictures 2014

ONLINE KILLER: A trend by the name of 'Neknomination' went viral online in February with young people worldwide attempting to down a pint of an alcoholic concoction in a bid to gain views and 'likes' on social media. There were several deaths as a result of the trend, including Irish teenager Jonny Byrne from Carlow. Here, Jonny's father Joe Byrne, far right, with his son Patrick who is holding a picture of his brother as they walk behind Jonny’s remains after the funeral Mass at St Lazarian’s Church, Leighlinbridge, Co Carlow. Photo: Frank McGrath
ONLINE KILLER: A trend by the name of 'Neknomination' went viral online in February with young people worldwide attempting to down a pint of an alcoholic concoction in a bid to gain views and 'likes' on social media. There were several deaths as a result of the trend, including Irish teenager Jonny Byrne from Carlow. Here, Jonny's father Joe Byrne, far right, with his son Patrick who is holding a picture of his brother as they walk behind Jonny’s remains after the funeral Mass at St Lazarian’s Church, Leighlinbridge, Co Carlow. Photo: Frank McGrath
GRIEF: 'No call could have changed this, no chats over wine' - These were the words of tragic Lucy Stack who took her own life aged just 27. One half of the Irish horsing world's 'golden couple', grief of the loss of Lucy Stack was both widespread and poignant as it once again raised the issue of depression.
GILLIGAN: March also saw convicted criminal John Gilligan leave hospital following a failed attempt on his life. He had been shot four times in a murder attempt earlier in the month.
CRITICISM: There were ugly scenes in a Grafton Street store in March as a video of two young, intoxicated girls went viral online. The video of the two girls attracted strong criticism.
TEST: Taoiseach Enda Kenny is photographed at the count centre in Castlebar, Co Mayo during the Local Elections 2014. The big winners were the Independents. The losers were those in government parties. Photo: Keith Heneghan
STAR-SPOTTING: The hide-and-go-seek champions of the year? Without a doubt it was Kim Kardashian and Kanye West on their honeymoon in Ireland. Despite a nationwide paparazzi hunt, the only photograph taken of the duo was this snap of them leaving a cinema in the Midlands. Photo: Sunday World/ Splash News
GSOC: The year that was GSOC. Shatter quit as Justice Minister on May 7 after months of controversy over gardai - including unproven allegations that offices of the Garda Siochana Garda Ombusdman were bugged. Former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan (pictured left) had resigned in March. Photo: Frank Mc Grath
GLORIOUS: Ireland's summer experienced Mediterranean-like temperatures, with the mercury hitting 30 degrees in parts of the country. Here, a passerby stops to video young people jumping into the River Liffey on North Wall Quay, Dublin, during the good weather. Photo credit: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
ROAD DEATHS: Road deaths among children doubled in 2014 from last year. This is the scene of the fatal road traffic collision which occurred at Owenahincha Cross, Rosscarbery Co Cork in June. An eight-year-old girl Zoe Scannel was killed in the collision.
JAKE'S LEGACY: Distraught mum Roseann Brennan showed a photo of her son Jake Brennan (6) at the spot where he died after a road accident in June. Roseann has since campaigned for lower speed limits in housing estates nationwide and was awarded at the annual 'Leading Lights in Road Safety' ceremony. Photo: Colin O’Riordan
RELIEF: This is the moment an Irish toddler Torben O'Shea, who went missing in a woods in Denmark for seven hours, was reunited with his father in July. The parents of the toddler had lost their three other children in a tragic car accident last year. Photo credit: Rene Schütze/POLFOTO
DOUBLE MURDER: Cork mother Helen O'Driscoll at the gravesite of her sons, as she said she had forgiven her adopted son Jonathan for killing his nine-year-old twin brothers Thomas and Patrick before taking his own life in September. Photo: UTV/PA Wire
BOOM, WHAT BOOM?: Ireland was shocked in September as the country witnessed something they hadn't in years - people queuing outside a housing estate for nights on end before the houses went on sale. Millers Glen, Swords was host to just that. Photo: Damien Eagers
EBOLA: As the death toll for the deadly disease reached thousands in West Africa in October, the Mater Hospital in Dublin prepared for a possible emergency alert in Ireland.
TECH HEADS: Over 20,000 people descended on Dublin in early November for the annual tech event Web Summit, including Eva Longoria. Photo: Steve Humphreys
#SAVEBENJY: An unlikely suspect hit headlines in November when it emerged Benjy the Bull was set for the slaughter house. The reason? He was gay and wasn't reproducing as hoped. An online fund and a saviour by the name of one of The Simpsons creators saved the bull and Benjy was sent to his new home in the UK. Photo : Keith Heneghan
SOLIDARITY: Taoiseach Enda Kenny met Mairia Cahill at Government buildings in November following her allegations that she had been abused by a senior member of the IRA and subjected to 'kangaroo courts' by the group.
'DEATH WITHOUT DIGNITY': The issue of homelessness hit headlines again in December following the death of Jonathan Corrie on a doorstep just metres from the Dail. Here, flowers and cards are pictured in the door way where Mr Corrie died on Dublin's Molesworth Street. Photo: Frank Mc Grath
JUSTICE: Ian Bailey's case against the State of wrongful arrest began in early December. He had previously been arrested in connection with the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier in West Cork in 1996. Photo: Frank McGrath
VOICE OF THE PEOPLE: Thousands of people took to the streets of Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick, Waterford and smaller towns around the country protesting against the Irish Water charges in 2014. The demonstrations culminated in one massive protest in Dublin on December 10, with an estimated 50,000 people in attendance. Photo: Steve Humphreys.
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

It was the year the country googled Garth Brooks, the World Cup and controversial UFC star Conor McGrergor more than anything else.

It was the year our road fatalities surpassed last year's death toll, for the second year in a row.

It was also a tragic year on farms as deaths doubled and the Heath and Safety Authority appealed for a greater level of awareness on the farm.

It was the year the country felt a mother's grief at the tragic murder-suicide of her three sons in Cork, and a similar case with two brothers in Co Sligo.

It was also the year the nation felt a whisper of the 'boom' return as unemployment figures dropped and people queued outside a new housing estate for the first time since the Celtic Tiger reigned.

It was the year the country joined together in a light-hearted game of 'Hide-and-go-seek' as celebrity newly-weds Kanye West and Kim Kardashian chose our Emerald Isle as their honeymoon destination.

It was the year we found out how much we would be paying for our water and thousands protested against Irish Water and the charges.

It was the year the spotlight shone on more than one political scandal with both the Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan and Justice Minister Alan Shatter both stepping down from their posts and Mairia Cahill revealing her abuse and treatment in 'kangaroo courts' at the hands of the IRA.

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