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The year that was... Ireland in pictures 2014

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Father Joe Byrne, far right, father of Jonny Byrne, left, 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. FRANK McGRATH

Father Joe Byrne, far right, father of Jonny Byrne, left, 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. FRANK McGRATH

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Mourners attending the funeral mass of Lucy Anne Stack, inset, at St Ultans Church Rathcore, Enfield, Co Meath

Mourners attending the funeral mass of Lucy Anne Stack, inset, at St Ultans Church Rathcore, Enfield, Co Meath

Criminal John Gilligan leaving hospital

Criminal John Gilligan leaving hospital

Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Taoiseach Enda Kenny

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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West at the cinema in Laois

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West at the cinema in Laois

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Alan Shatter and former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan, pictured at the Launch of the Community Crime Prevention Programme Booklet.  Photo: Frank Mc Grath

Alan Shatter and former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan, pictured at the Launch of the Community Crime Prevention Programme Booklet. Photo: Frank Mc Grath

A passerby stops to video young people jumping into the River Liffey on North Wall Quay, Dublin, during the continuing good weather. Photo credit: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

A passerby stops to video young people jumping into the River Liffey on North Wall Quay, Dublin, during the continuing good weather. Photo credit: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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The scene of the fatal road traffic collision which occurred at Owenahincha Cross, Rosscarbery Co Cork.

The scene of the fatal road traffic collision which occurred at Owenahincha Cross, Rosscarbery Co Cork.

Roseann Brennan, the distraught mother of little Jake Brennan, at Lintown Grove where six-year-old died after a road accident. Photo: Colin O’Riordan

Roseann Brennan, the distraught mother of little Jake Brennan, at Lintown Grove where six-year-old died after a road accident. Photo: Colin O’Riordan

Torben O’Shea (18 months) wandered off on an outing with parents, Maria and Brian O’Shea on Saturday evening. Photo credit: Rene Schütze/POLFOTO

Torben O’Shea (18 months) wandered off on an outing with parents, Maria and Brian O’Shea on Saturday evening. Photo credit: Rene Schütze/POLFOTO

Helen O'Driscoll at the gravesite of her sons, as she has said that she forgives her adopted son Jonathan for killing his nine-year-old twin brothers Thomas and Patrick before taking his own life following the double murder at in their home in Charleville, Cork. Photo: UTV/PA Wire

Helen O'Driscoll at the gravesite of her sons, as she has said that she forgives her adopted son Jonathan for killing his nine-year-old twin brothers Thomas and Patrick before taking his own life following the double murder at in their home in Charleville, Cork. Photo: UTV/PA Wire

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People queue to buy houses in Swords

People queue to buy houses in Swords

The major Ebola alert exercise at the Mater in Dublin

The major Ebola alert exercise at the Mater in Dublin

Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Hollywood actress Eva Longoria at the Web Summit at the RDS.

Hollywood actress Eva Longoria at the Web Summit at the RDS.

13/12/2014 Benjy The Gay Bull waiting to be transported from Hillside Animal Sanctuary, Claremorris, Co. Mayo to his new home in The United Kingdom. 
Photo : Keith Heneghan

13/12/2014 Benjy The Gay Bull waiting to be transported from Hillside Animal Sanctuary, Claremorris, Co. Mayo to his new home in The United Kingdom. Photo : Keith Heneghan

Enda Kenny meets Mairia Cahill

Enda Kenny meets Mairia Cahill

Flowers and cards pictured in the door way where Jonathan Corrie died on Dublins Molesworth Street. Photo: Frank Mc Grath

Flowers and cards pictured in the door way where Jonathan Corrie died on Dublins Molesworth Street. Photo: Frank Mc Grath

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Ian Bailey

Voice of the people: Protestors at the water protest on
Merrion Square last Wednesday. Photo: Steve Humphreys.

Voice of the people: Protestors at the water protest on Merrion Square last Wednesday. Photo: Steve Humphreys.

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Father Joe Byrne, far right, father of Jonny Byrne, left, 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. FRANK McGRATH

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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