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2010: a year of violence that cost 47 people's lives

FORTY-SEVEN people died violently in the past year -- a significant decrease on the 2009 figure.

But while the total number of fatalities was down, shootings again accounted for the majority of violent deaths.

In all, 22 people were shot dead, 14 lost their lives as a result of stabbings and 11 people died as a result of assaults of various types.

Fifteen of the fatal shootings were the work of Dublin city drugs gangs although at least three of their victims were not directly linked to them.

Deaths in Co Limerick and Co Cork on November 15 brought the blackest day on the 2010 'calendar of death'.

Sarah Hines (25), her baby Amy (five months), son Reece (3) and friend, Alicia Brough (20) were stabbed to death in Newcastle West, Co Limerick. A man has been charged.

On the same day, Zoe (7) and two-year-old Ella Butler were suffocated in their home in Ballycotton, Co Cork. Their father John took his own life.

The violent deaths of two teenagers during the year also touched the hearts of the nation.

On Good Friday, Toyosi Shittabey (15) was stabbed to death in Tyrellstown, Dublin. On August 28 the body of 12-year-old Michaela Davis was found near her Dublin home.

Men have been charged in connection with both deaths.

The first violent death of the year was the result of a shooting which took place on Dublin's northside. The victim was John Paul Joyce (30).

The last was that of Lithuanian woman Anna Butautiene (52) who was found dead having suffered serious injuries at an apartment in Clonsilla, Dublin, on Christmas Day.

January 15: Warren O'Connor (24) stabbed to death at the Hole in the Wall Road in Donaghmede. A former soldier, he had gone to help a friend living in the Grattan Wood apartment complex who was having trouble with rowdy neighbours.

February 22: Daniel Treacy (35) innocent breadman, shot at petrol station in Limerick. Man charged.

March 9: Errol Dunne (25), Grangebellew, Co Louth, a father of one died after a street row in early hours of Sunday, March 7.

April 2: Toyosi Shittabey (15) stabbed in Tyrellstown, Dublin, on Good Friday. Man charged.

April 4: Catherine Smart (57), a mother-of-three beaten to death in her home in Midleton, Co Cork, on Easter Sunday. Man charged.

April 17: Polish man Ariel Cegielka (30) died after being hit with a bottle in Cork city. Man charged.

April 23: Eamon Dunne (34), notorious gangboss "The Don", from Finglas, shot dead in Faussagh House pub, Cabra.

May 13: Daniel McAnaspie (17) was found dead in a field in Co Meath.

He had been missing since February 25. A post-mortem revealed that he had suffered multiple stab wounds.

June 22: Helen Donegan (30) from Celbridge, Co Kildare, found shot dead in car boot at lock up in Newcastle, Co Dublin. Partner Bernard Curran (52) charged.

June 28: Brothers Paul (35) and Kenneth (32) Corbally from Ballyfermot shot dead. Both were gang figures.

July 1: Walter Tomkins (66) shot dead at Shillelagh, Co Wicklow. His brother Cecil Tomkins (62) charged.

July 22: James Joyce (20) stabbed to death in front of his girlfriend during row at St Cronan's estate, Swords. Man charged.

August 8: Cyril Moran (60) is beaten at his home in Cartron Point, Sligo, on August 6. He died in hospital. Motive may have been homophobic attack.

August 28: Michaela Davis (12) found dead near the Royal Canal about a mile from her home at Porterstown Road, Clonsilla, Dublin. Man charged.

September 30: Raymond Bates (49) Englishman died in hospital after being attacked at his car on a road at Sandymount on Sunday, September 26. Man charged.

October 4: Polish worker Lukasz Rzeszutko (27) died in hospital after being beaten at New Grove Industrial Estate, Coolock, on Saturday, October 2. Man charged.

November 23: Glen Murphy and Mark Noonan shot dead at Clearwater Shopping Centre, Finglas, just before midnight.

December 25: Lithuanian woman Anna Butautiene (52) found dead, having suffered serious injuries at an apartment in Clonsilla, Dublin. Woman charged.