In 2000, Sonia O'Sullivan takes silver in the 5000m at the Sydney Olympic Games in Australia, while Irish rugby got a bright new star when 21 year-old Brian O'Driscoll scored three tries in a 27-25 victory over France in Paris...

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Watch: RTÉ News reports as Cobh Celebrates Sonia O'Sullivan on 25 September 2000. (via RTÉ Archives)

The American presidential election descended into political farce in November, when George W Bush and Al Gore fought a legal battle over a handful of votes in the state of Florida.

In Abbeylara, Co. Longford, an armed siege ended in tragedy as Gardaí shot dead John Carthy. The year 2000 also saw the Concorde air crash and the 'Kursk' submarine disaster.

In Dublin, angry shareholders confronted Eircom management at the company's AGM, lobbyist Frank Dunlop made a series of startling revelations at the Flood Tribunal, and a nationwide taxi strike brought chaos to Ireland's cities and airports.

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Watch: RTÉ News reports on protests over taxi deregulation on 23 November 2000. (via RTÉ Archives)

As reports indicated that Ireland's booming economy was now creating over 100,000 new jobs a year, Finance Minister Charlie McCreevy introduced a series of record tax cuts.

On TV, Gay Byrne presented the RTÉ version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, and Dubliner Anna Nolan was among the residents of the first-ever Big Brother house on Channel Four.

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Watch: RTÉ News reports as the biggest gameshow in the world comes to RTÉ on 16 October 2000 (via RTÉ Archives)

Westlife equalled the Beatles' record of successive UK Number One hits with their first seven singles, while U2 receive the Freedom of Dublin, allowing Bono and The Edge to graze their sheep on St Stephen's Green...

2000 - The Playlist

Ronan Keating - Life Is A Rollercoaster

Chicane - No Ordinary Morning

Blink 182 - All The Small Things

Westlife - Fool Again

 Five - Don't Wanna Let You Go

Toploader - Dancing In The Moonlight

U2 - Beautiful Day

The Corrs - Breathless