Tears for fears: faces of 2015
We look back on a turbulent year that will live long in the memory... and at the people who helped shape it in their own likeness
It was a year of renewed optimism, as Ireland's pace of recovery quickened and was faster than many would have expected or hoped. Falling unemployment and economic growth give us hope that the tide of emigration has been halted, and the young people flooding through our airports in recent days are eager to see if their families can make a living here once again.
It remains to be seen if the people give Enda Kenny and his Government credit for this in an election in the coming months. Our fate was in his hands in 2015 and is likely to be again in the coming years.
It was a year when Ireland also became a beacon of hope for gay rights across the world, when the marriage equality referendum was passed by a wide margin with Panti Bliss up front as an icon of a fast-changing country.