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.
See above 'The year that was... Ireland in pictures 2014'