2002 looks back at the sporting mess of Saipan. Ireland's soccer World Cup campaign was plunged into crisis after a bitter row between captain Roy Keane and manager Mick McCarthy.

Roy Keane went home from the Irish training camp, and the Irish team made it to the second phase of the competition before losing a penalty shootout to Spain.

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Watch: RTÉ News reports as Roy Keane is sent home from Saipan on 23 May 2002 (via RTÉ Archives)

In Ireland's 2002 general election campaign, Fianna Fáil's slogan was 'a lot done, more to do': the FF-PD coalition returned to power and Michael Noonan resigned as Fine Gael leader.

The world of showbusiness saw two high-profile weddings: Paul McCartney married Heather Mills in Glaslough, Co. Monaghan, and Majella McLennan married Daniel O'Donnell in Kincasslagh, Co. Donegal.

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Watch: Paul McCartney marries Heather Mills - RTÉ News report broadcast on 10 June 2002 (via RTÉ Archives)

2002 was the year the Taliban were forced from power in Afghanistan, while Britain and the US increased the threat of war against Iraq, claiming that Saddam Hussein was still developing weapons of mass destruction.

In RTÉ's latest reality TV series Popstars, Derry teenager Nadine Coyle lost her place in the music group Six for lying about her age: Six went on to top the charts with A Whole Lot Of Lovin and Nadine went on to join Girls Aloud.


Watch: Nadine Coyle on The Late Late Show broadcast on 18 January 2002 (via RTÉ Archives)

2002 was the 'Year Of The Euro', as the new currency replaced the punt in Ireland. Motorists faced a new 'penalty points' system for driving offences, and a levy on plastic bags was introduced.


Watch: A 'Five Seven Live' report on the introduction of the Euro on 1 January 2002 (via RTÉ Archives)

Golfer Paul McGinley sealed Ryder Cup victory for Europe and Armagh's footballers won their county's first ever All-Ireland title.

2002 - The Playlist:

Pink- Get This Party Started

Avril Lavigne - Complicated

Jerry Fish & The Mudbug Club - True Friends

Elvis vs JXL - A Little Less Conversation

 Sugababes - Round Round

Coldplay - In My Place

Kylie Minogue - Love At First Sight

Westlife - World Of Our Own

Six - A Whole Lot Of Lovin'