January 10, 2016: A woman leaves flowers beneath a mural of David Bowie in Brixton, London, who passed away on January 10, 2016 Photo: Getty
January 19, 2016: Members of the Gardai at the scene in the Grand Canal where the body of Kenneth O’Brien was found. Photo: Collins Dublin, Gareth Chaney
February 5, 2016: A photograph taken outside the Regency Hotel in Dublin just moments before raiders in disguise entered the hotel. One man died and two others were injured in the shooting incident.
February 19, 2016: In an exclusive photograph for the Irish Independent, Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch is pictured at the funeral of his brother Eddie Hutch Snr, a taxi driver in Dublin's north inner city. The latest victim of gangland violence was not involved in crime and described as a "soft target".
February 26, 2016: Taoiseach Enda Kenny is congratulated as he leaves Leinster House after his historic re-election Photo: Paul Faith
March 22, 2016: An unidentified traveller gets to his feet in a smoke-filled terminal at Brussels Airport, in Brussels after 34 people were killed and more than 200 were injured after a suicide bombing. The photo was provided to international wires by Ralph Usbeck
March 24, 2016: A devastated Louise James carries the coffin of one of her sons at the church in Derry as mourners attended the Buncrana pier tragedy funeral. Louise James lost her long-term partner Sean McGrotty, her mother Ruth Daniels, her sister Jodi-Lee (15) and their children, Mark (12), Evan (8) in the incident. Baby Rioghnach-Ann was saved by a heroic passery-by. (Brian Lawless/PA Wire)
April 8, 2016: Drugs mule Michaella McCollum is freed from prison in Peru under new legislation on early release that was introduced last year. She is pictured in an upmarket area of Peru during a family visit. Photo: Mark Condren
April 9, 2016: Not a picture exactly, but this video-still was too good not to include. David Mullins (19) was delighted with his unexpected win with Rule The World at Aintree, but it was his younger brother Charlie's emotions that stole the show.
April 21, 2016: Fans leave flowers and purple balloons at a memorial outside Paisley Park, the singer Prince’s home in Minneapolis. The artist's untimely death shocked the world of music and beyond. Photo: Reuters
May 26, 2016: Ambassador Kevin Vickers wrestled with protester Brian Murphy (47) at Dublin 1916 Remembrance ceremony Photo: Tony Gavin
June, 2016: Irish and French fans in Lyon before Ireland’s Euro 2016 clash with France Photo: Mark Condren
June 12, 2016: Jermaine Towns, left, and Brandon Shuford wait down the street from a multiple shooting at a nightclub in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, June 12, 2016. Towns said his brother was in the club at the time. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
July 14, 2016: French police forces and forensic officers stand next to a truck that ran into a crowd celebrating the Bastille Day national holiday on the Promenade des Anglais killing at least 60 people in Nice, France. Photo: Reuters
June 24, 2016: David Cameron makes a speech after the Brexit 'Leave' result outside 10 Downing Street in London, with wife Samantha and children Nancy, 12, Elwen, 10, and Florence, 5, before leaving for Buckingham Palace for an audience with Queen Elizabeth II to formally resign as Prime Minister Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
July 7, 2016: Members of Tallaght Community Arts perform at the 1916 centenary celebration in St Enda’s Park, Rathfarnham. The event was just one of many that took place throughout the year to celebrate the centenary of 1916. Photo: Tony Gavin
August 12, 2016: Olympic heroes! The O'Donovan brothers Paul and Gary do the country proud with a silver medal... and get the nation laughing with their clever quips
September 3, 2016: The five hearses carrying the remains of the Hawe Family, Alan and Clodagh and their three children as they made their way to St Mary's Church, Castlerahan near Ballyjamesduff. Dad-of-three Alan Hawe murdered his wife Clodagh and three children before killing himself. His mother-in-law called emergency services when she read a note on the home's back door warning her not to enter the home. Photo: Frank McGrath
September 5, 2016: The scene of a crash in which Nicola Kenny, a young woman who had just given birth the day before, was killed. Nicola was in the car with relatives and had just received a positive phonecall about her baby who had been brought to a hospital in Dublin when they were involved in the fatal incident.
October 10, 2016: Former Isis prisoner Nadia Murad delivers her speech after winning the Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize in the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France. Murad escaped sex slavery at the hands of Isis to become the first survivor of captivity to be appointed a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador.
November 6, 2016: Ireland face New Zealand's haka in a shape of eight in memory of coach Anthony Foley, who passed away unexpectantly the week before. Photo: INPHO/Billy Stickland
November 9, 2016: This picture was taken in the early hours of November 9 as Donald Trump watched election results with his family and supporters - just minutes before they realised they could be the winners of the US Presidential Election Photo: PA
November 21, 2016: Gardai from the technical bureau examine the scene the morning after an attack on college student Kym Owens (18) in Maynooth, Co Kildare. The young woman was seriously assaulted as she walked from the bus to her college digs on a particularly foggy night. Picture: Colin O’Riordan
November 29, 2016: Brazil's Chapecoense football team pose together for the last time in front of their charter plane which crashed near Medellin, Colombia, killing 76 people.
December 20, 2016: Candles burn at a Christmas market at Breitscheidplatz in Berlin, Germany to commemorate the 12 victims of a truck that ploughed into the crowded market on December 19. REUTERS/Christian Mang
They are the moments that make you stop, talk, hope, smile, cry or even pray.
Photographs can depict a whole story in just a few seconds and hold a power that words will never have.
We've looked back at the biggest stories of the year, both in Ireland and abroad, and picked one simple image from each event.
2016 was certainly a busy one.
In Ireland, we had our own General Election, our 1916 centenary commemorations, teams in green that did us proud in France and Rio and a sudden spike in the capital's gangland feud. More poignant moments included the Buncrana pier tragedy that required a heart of stone not to shed a tear, the shock after a number of murder-suicides, some of which included children, and a notable increase in Ireland's road death toll.
Terror still grips Europe and beyond, and 2016 was no exception. Attacks in Brussels, Nice, Florida and Berlin shocked nations across the globe.
Politically, UK made a stand and voted 'Leave' in Brexit and Donald Trump tweeted and rallied his way into the White House.
2016 also saw the loss of some artistic and sporting greats - David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Prince, Mohamed Ali, Gene Wilder, to name but a few.
The above gallery are photographs from Independent.ie's most-read stories, let us know if you have your own notable moment to include.