An Irish Sweet Sixteen... just some of the reasons to be cheerful in 2016
Taoiseach Enda Kenny famously promised in 2011 that Ireland would be "the best small country in the world" to do business in by 2016.
His prediction proved a little optimistic. But after the economic and social battering we have taken over the last decade, it's important to remind ourselves how far we have come - and that we are indeed a great little country, making a unique impact all over the world.
So let's forget the dream crushers and doomsayers and, while acknowledging that life will continue to be very tough for many, Ireland has an awful lot going for it.