2006 was the year of the 'Love Ulster' riot, when a planned loyalist march down O'Connell Street led to chaos and street fighting in Dublin city centre.

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Watch: RTÉ News report on riots in Dublin on 25 February 2006 (via RTÉ Archives

Although Irish soccer manager Steve Staunton struggled in his new role, it was also a year of sporting success: Cork sprinter Derval O'Rourke won gold at the World Indoor Championships, Katie Taylor won World and European boxing titles and Bernard Dunne took the European Super bantamweight title.

Bernard Dunne

In rugby, Munster beat Biarritz to take the Heineken Cup and Ireland won the Triple Crown. Ireland also hosted the Ryder Cup, when Europe's golfers claimed victory over the USA.

Bertie Ahern's personal and professional life came under intense scrutiny: revelations of 'dig-outs' and 'whip-around' payments increased political pressure on the Taoiseach and led to an emotional interview on the Six-One News.

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Watch: RTÉ News report on Bertie Ahern's makeup bill on 24 May 2006 (via RTÉ Archives)

Pat Kenny demonstrated the new Nintendo Wii on The Late Late Toy Show, Pat Shortt sang about the Jumbo Breakfast Roll, while The Podge And Rodge Show was the big TV hit of the year.

Podge (left) and Rodge in a shot taken for the RTÉ Guide in October 2006. Photo by John Cooney (RTÉ Photographic Archive)
Podge (left) and Rodge in a shot taken for the RTÉ Guide in October 2006. Photo by John Cooney (RTÉ Photographic Archive)

West Cork went to Cannes as The Wind That Shakes The Barley claimed the Palme D'Or film award, the new Stringfellows club in Dublin closed down after only a few months, and French captain Zinedine Zidane ended a glittering soccer career in a moment of madness at the World Cup Final.

Global warming dominated the international agenda, as reports of rising temperatures and melting ice caps led to fears of disastrous climate change. 2006 also saw war in Lebanon as Israel unleashed massive retaliation against attacks by Hezbollah guerillas.

2006 - The Playlist:

Peter Bjorn & John - Young Folks

Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars

Bell X1 - Flame

Gnarls Barkley - Crazy

 Gemma Hayes - Undercover

Will Young - All Time Love

Sugababes - Red Dress

Pat Shortt - Jumbo Breakfast Roll