Saturday 17 March 2018

2015 in review: the good, the bad and the ugly moments of the year

From terrorism to shock deaths, sporting victories and a win for equality, the last 12 months had it all, writes Liam Collins

Panti Bliss after the referendum vote. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Panti Bliss after the referendum vote. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Gorse Hill
Tributes to the victims of the Carrickmines fire
Conor McGregor
The Charlie Hebdo attacks
Ireland celebrates after Shane Long's goal against Germany
Liam Collins

Liam Collins

When two gunmen barrelled into the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and started shooting indiscriminately, they were in a savage way setting the tone for 2015.

The year would begin and end with Isil and other Islamic fundamentalist inspired terror as the promise of the Arab Spring died on the beaches of Europe with hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees flooding from the wreckage of Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and other Middle Eastern states, through Turkey and Libya in search of the promised land.

The attack on Charlie Hebdo's office in central Paris was carried out by Said and Cherif Kouachi, who were alleged to have shouted "we have avenged Prophet Muhammad" as they ran from the building after the massacre which resulted in the killing of the editor of the magazine, cartoonists, an office worker and two policemen, 12 in all.

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