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A Look Back At 2018

We will all agree that 2018 was one of the eventful years in a long time; between sudden weather circumstances and political points, there was no shortfall of consequential situations. Take a look back…

January 2018

Storm Eleanor swept across Ireland causing gusts of up to 130km/h and critical flooding across the Nation. Roughly 55,000 ESB clients have been left without energy. The counties worst affected have been Mayo, Leitrim, Sligo, Galway, Cavan, and Monaghan.

The world mourns – Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer of The Cranberries died out of the blue on the age of 46 in January this yr. Her body was found at a lodge in central London and an inquest decided her dying as unexplained. Dolores was a legend in her own right, and her memory will reside on via her music that may serve as an inspiration to all young Irish ladies hoping to make it within the music business.

February 2018

Nancy Pelosi makes history by delivering the longest handle to the chamber in 108 years. 77-year-old Nancy spoke for greater than 8 hours about defending younger undocumented migrants, often known as “Dreamers”, from deportation.

Irish Footballer Liam Miller died at the age of 36 after battling cancer. Liam was a former Republic of Eire, Celtic and Manchester United midfielder. Over 43,000 individuals turned up for his tribute match this yr which raised €1.5 million. Might he rest in peace.

March 2018

Snow storms brought Eire to a standstill! Met Éireann issued its highest-level Status Pink weather warning advising the citizens of Eire to remain indoors for a number of hours. Blizzard-like circumstances brought businesses and transport providers to a halt for days. The extreme weather circumstances also brought about power outages throughout the nation.

Cambridge Analytica was investigated over a knowledge breach. British owned Cambridge Analytica greatest recognized for aiding the 2016 presidential marketing campaign of Donald Trump, reportedly harvested private knowledge from Fb users. The revelations lead to searches of the company’s workplaces, and requires Fb chief Mark Zuckerberg to seem before political committees in each the UK and US to elucidate knowledge breaches on the social community.


Professor Stephen Hawking, one of many world’s best scientific minds, died at the age of 76. Professor Hawking’s work first hit the scene on a big scale in 1988 when he released his e-book ‘A Brief History of Time’, a simplified principle of the universe aimed toward nonspecialist readers.

April 2018

A giant piece of Inis Mór cliff fell into the Atlantic because of the bottom eroding from the waves over a time period. The strain of overhanging rock on the bottom brought about the collapse of a portion of the cliff face.


Cervical Verify issues came to mild by Vicky Phelan. Vicky settled in High Courtroom action towards a US laboratory for €2.5m after being given incorrect smear check outcomes. Following the wrong outcomes of the 2011 smear check, she turned terminally sick with cancer. A evaluate of instances from the Cervical Examine programme recognized 221 ladies who might have benefited from a special intervention.

Might 2018

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot at Windsor Citadel. The new Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been joined on the ceremony by celebs from around the globe. The world sat on eggshells anticipating the primary view of the couple on their wedding ceremony day, we have been in awe of Megan’s beauty and swooned by Prince Harry’s romantic phrases to his new wife, displaying us that actual princes do exist.


Putin was sworn in for a 4th time period as Russia’s President.

Pope Francis apologised for dismissing accusations of a cover-up of clerical intercourse abuse by Catholic bishops in Chile. Three males, all of whom are survivors of clerical intercourse abuse, had 4 days of personal conferences with the Pope. One of the abuse survivors shared that the pope admitted he was part of the issue.

Eighth Amendment repealed! Ireland voted to repeal the Eighth Modification, with 66.4% voting ‘Yes’ and 33.6% voting ‘No’, paving the best way for brand spanking new laws to permit for the termination of pregnancies.

An unlawful immigrant climbed the facade of an house block in Paris to save lots of a young boy, was awarded residency. Mamoudou Gassama, was dubbed ‘Spider-Man’.

June 2018

Magdalene Laundry survivors have been honoured by President Michael D. Higgins. It’s the first time that over 220 survivors of Magdalene Laundries from Eire, the UK, the US, and Australia have been introduced together.

Varadkar pays tribute to those criminalised because of homosexuality. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says the improper cannot be erased. At the Dail, he stated: “What we can say is that we have learned as a society from their suffering. Their stories have helped change us for the better; they have made us more tolerant, more understanding and more human.”

Ladies at the moment are allowed drive in Saudi Arabia. Nicely about time! There isn’t even a phrase for a way ridiculous that ban was!


July 2018

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visited Dublin. The pair arrived in Dublin for their first royal engagement abroad as a married couple.

France gained the FIFA World Cup in Russia after beating Croatia 4-2. This was the second time France turned champions within the World Cup, the first was in 1998.


David Davis resigned as the UK’s Brexit Secretary after Theresa Might’s cupboard agree on the outline of the UK’s future relationship with the EU. Boris Johnson additionally resigned as Overseas Secretary, declaring the “Brexit dream is dying”.

August 2018

A WWII Éire sign was revealed on Bray Head. A hearth on Bray Head in Co Wicklow revealed an Éire sign courting back from World Struggle II. These signs have been created round Eire by locals to warn Allied and German airmen that they have been flying over a impartial nation.


‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin died aged 76. Aretha Franklin’s highly effective voice made her the last word “Queen of Soul”. Franklin, who gained 18 Grammys and earned 25 gold data, died at her house in Detroit surrounded by family and family members after battling pancreatic most cancers.

Pope Francis arrived in Eire as the primary go to by a pontiff since 1979. He was greeted by hundreds of well-wishers as he was driven via Dublin’s streets in a Popemobile. He visited the homeless at the Capuchin Day Centre and in addition met victims of clerical intercourse abuse where he describes abusers as “filth in the toilet”. Some have been disillusioned with how the pope addressed the difficulty of abuse, saying it was “a missed opportunity”.

Figures released in August showed there were 9,891 individuals dwelling in emergency accommodation in July. The numbers embrace 6,024 adults and three,867 youngsters. Focus Eire’s statistic showed that 4 households turned homeless each single day in Dublin in July.

September 2018

Summer time 2018 in Eire was one of the hottest and driest in many years! Shannon Airport recorded the very best every day air temperature since 1946. Absolute drought circumstances prevailed from late June until mid-July for many elements of the nation leading to a hose-pipe ban in place till the top of September.


Great-grandfather fights off armed raiders at bookies. Three males, armed with hammers and a sawn-off shotgun, fled empty-handed from a bookmaker after manager Tim Murphy and buyer Denis O’Connor fought off the robbers! That is my favorite story of 2018 #grandadkicksass Watch it again under.

October 2018

Increase the Roof housing crisis protest – Hundreds of individuals from around the country took part in a Dublin protest to spotlight the housing crisis. College students joined trade unions, housing, and homeless charities, and civil society teams to spotlight the influence of the lodging crisis in the ‘Raise the Roof’ rally. Nicely achieved all!

In the meantime yet one more storm hit – Flights disrupted over Storm Callum. The country was on alert yet once more as several flights and ferry crossings have been cancelled as Storm Callum passed over Ireland bringing excessive winds in extra of 110km/h. At the height of the storm, around 60,000 clients experienced disruption to their power supply.

Connemara donkey goes viral. Harriet, the singing donkey, charmed viewers all over the world together with her opera singing voice which turned an internet sensation in a single day. The McGraths from Toureen, who personal Harriet the Donkey say they have been fairly shocked that their loving pet was watched over 300,000 occasions. Take a look at her pipes under.

November 2018

California’s deadliest-ever wildfires claimed the lives of over 50 individuals with over 200 nonetheless lacking one week later as they tried to regulate the blaze. A terrible tragedy. 100,000 individuals have been pressured to evacuate and 5,000 buildings have been destroyed making it probably the most devastating occasion California has ever experienced.

Mick McCarthy was announced as Republic of Eire manager with Terry Connor and Robbie Keane as a part of his group. Everybody loves Mick Mc Carthy, a win win state of affairs for all!


December 2018

David Attenborough urges world leaders at the COP24 summit to cope with “our greatest threat in thousands of years”. “Leaders of the world, you must lead. “The continuation of our civilisations and the natural world upon which we depend, is in your hands,” he stated. Love this man!


Former US President George HW Bush is laid to relaxation, alongside his wife Barbara who died earlier this yr. Mr Bush, 94, was the 41st US president serving between 1989 and 1993. He additionally served as vice-president beneath Ronald Reagan and was Director of the CIA.

Abortion invoice was signed into regulation – Irish President Michael D Higgins signs the Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy Bill into regulation which legalises abortion in Eire. Minister for Well being Simon Harris describes it as an “historic day”.

2018 was filled with momentous triumphs for Ireland particularly, but in addition quite a few tragedies around the globe. Lets hope 2019 brings extra triumphs than tragedies.

Comfortable New Yr to you all, here’s to 2019!

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