Reeling in the Years recalls the hits and headlines of 2008, when Bertie Ahern stepped down as Taoiseach and was replaced by Brian Cowen.

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RTÉ News report as Bertie Ahern announces he will step down as Taoiseach and leader of the Fianna Fáil party on 2 April 2008 (via RTÉ Archives)

Abroad, it was the year Barack Obama campaigned under the slogan 'Yes We Can' and was elected President of the USA.

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RTÉ News report from Barack Obama's ancestral home of Monegall on 4 November 2008 (via RTÉ Archives)

China hosted the Olympic Games with a dazzling opening ceremony: Irish boxers brought home three medals from Beijing.

The song Falling Slowly from the film Once won an Oscar for Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova,

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Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova perform Falling Slowly on Tubridy Tonight on 1 March 2008 (via RTÉ Archives)

Ireland said 'No' to the Lisbon Treaty on EU reform and Dustin the Turkey went to Eurovision to perform Ireland Douze Pointe.

Cork's GAA players went on strike, while Munster's rugby team clinched the Heineken Cup with victory over Toulouse. Irish troops went to Chad as part of an international peacekeeping force.

British entertainer Russell Brand and his fellow broadcaster Jonathan Ross were suspended from the BBC after playing a 'grossly offensive' on-air prank on actor Andrew Sachs.

Russell Brand

Chaos hit the international stock markets in 2008: US banks Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers collapsed. In Ireland, the economy was already facing a downturn: as the Wall Street credit crisis spread worldwide, Irish stock markets suffered their biggest ever one-day fall on 29 September.

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RTÉ News report on the Bank Guarantee on 30 September 2008 (via RTÉ Archives)

With Ireland's biggest banks on the verge of collapse, the government issued a two-year guarantee covering all deposits and borrowings.

2008 - The Playlist:

Alphabeat - Fascination

Sam Sparro - Black And Gold

Katy Perry - Hot N Cold

Dustin The Turkey - Irelande Douze Pointe

Coldplay - Viva La Vida

 The Script - Breakeven

Iglu & Hartley - In This City

Republic of Loose feat. Isabella Reyes-Feeney - The Steady Song

Jordin Sparks - No Air

Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová - Falling Slowly

Mundy & Sharon Shannon - Galway Girl

Elbow - One Day Like This