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Showbiz review of the year: Hide and seek with Kimye, Garthgate and Twink's missing Teddy


Kimye were spotted in Portlaoise

Kimye were spotted in Portlaoise

Garth Brooks, the gig that never was

Garth Brooks, the gig that never was

Maria Walsh

Maria Walsh

Dolores O'Riordan

Dolores O'Riordan

Twink and her beloved Teddy Bear

Twink and her beloved Teddy Bear


Kimye were spotted in Portlaoise

Kimye landed in Ireland, Garth Brooks never made it to Croke Park, the 2015 Rose of Tralee brought the festival into the 21st Century when she came out as gay and Twink's dog was stolen.

As far as showbiz goes - 2014 was a very busy year in Ireland.

While Rosanna Davison's wedding would have been enough to keep the gossip pages of newspapers filled for at least a week, we also had Kim Kardashian and her newly-wedded groom, Kanye West, touch down on Irish soil for one of their three honeymoons.

In May Kim and Kanye flummoxed every showbiz journalist in the country with their sudden arrival here and a week was spent hunting down the world-famous celebrities.

Alas, they had left Tipperary, Cork, Laois and Limerick long before anyone had confirmed their location.

A mountain-biking expedition and two trips to cinemas in the Midlands were the only sightings of the high-profile couple keeping it low key.

Kim would later attempt to "break the internet" with that infamous magazine photoshoot that showcased her ample derriere.


But in terms of the Irish showbiz quote of the year, that one goes to Mr Brooks, when he set tongues wagging with the Garth ultimatum, that was not meant to be interpreted as an ultimatum: "For us, it is five shows or none at all."

Last July, when most people were either on holidays or keeping a watchful eye on the Cabinet reshuffle, Dublin City CEO, Owen Keegan, announced that the country singer could play three but not five gigs at Croke Park.

The saga united politicians, journalists, high-level mediators and even US President Barack Obama but no solution could ever be found and 400,000 fans were left with nowhere to wear their cowboy hats to.

Brooks went on to start his comeback tour without the all-important Irish dates and no word as yet as to whether he'll try to perform here or not.

If July was not enough to keep us occupied, come August, our newly-crowned Rose of Tralee, Maria Walsh (27) revealed she was gay.

"I'm not ashamed of my sexuality by any means. The Rose of Tralee is about celebrating women's intelligence, careers, their volunteer work," said Ms Walsh at the time.

She spoke to the papers, she did the Late Late Show and she even showed up at Croke Park in a Mayo jersey. And we thought we would have a quiet September with teachers and TDs back to work - we were however, rightly mistaken. Twink's canine, Teddy Bear, was dog-napped.

As the country joined forces once again, which saw Linda Martin lend her hand, we went on a week-long exodus to track down Teddy Bear.

At the time, the entertainer likened it to "taking a baby out of a pram on its mother".

However, all was resolved when the gardai became involved and Teddy Bear and Twink were reunited.

November saw a story break about a woman in her forties being detained after an alleged air-rage incident on board an Aer Lingus flight from New York to Shannon.

It later emerged that Cranberries singer, Dolores O'Riordan, had been the woman in question. She subsequently went public about the incident and issued an apology to a female flight attendant.

Another thing that took us all by surprise was Amy Huberman's pregnancy. Rumours circulated the mill for a good few weeks before she went public last September and no sooner had she said the word when a baby boy was born.

Named Billy, Leinster and Irish rugby fans, now hope that BOD the second, will have the on-pitch dancing skills of his father.