The new series of Reeling In The Years opens with the stories and the soundtrack of the year 2010, when Ireland was hit by freezing weather in January: temperatures dropped to -16.3 degrees in the coldest spell for almost fifty years.

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Freezing weather in Ireland - RTÉ News report from 8 January 2010 (via RTÉ Archives)

An ash cloud from an Icelandic volcano brought travel chaos across northern Europe, Google's 'Street View’ came to Ireland and Limerick’s ‘Rubberbandits’ boasted about having a Horse Outside.

2010 also saw the opening of the Aviva Stadium, the launch of the iPad and the start of Love/Hate on RTE.

Broadcaster Gerry Ryan died in April. After Britain’s general election, the Conservative Party and the Liberal Democrats formed a coalition government: David Cameron replaced Labour’s Gordon Brown as Prime Minister.

In Haiti, an earthquake killed an estimated 222,000 people and left more than 2 million others homeless.

2010 was the year of the Chilean Miners’ Rescue, when 33 miners were trapped underground at the San Jose mine. After 69 days, the miners were safely brought to the surface, one by one.

In the All-Ireland football final, Cork beat Down by a single point, winning 0-16 to 0-15. Kilkenny’s hurlers aimed for a record five All-Ireland titles in a row but Tipperary stopped the ‘drive for five’, winning 4-17 to 1-18.

2010 was the year of the EU-IMF bailout. As massive spending cuts and big tax rises failed to solve rapidly spiralling national debt, Ireland's economic crash reached crisis point in November.

Taoiseach Brian Cowen’s government sought an economic rescue package of €67.5 billion from international financial authorities.

2010: The Playlist

Maroon 5 – Misery

Two Door Cinema Club – Something Good Can Work

Flo Rida, David Guetta – Club Can’t Handle Me

Rubberbandits – Horse Outside

Eminem, Rihanna – Love The Way You Lie

BOB feat. Hayley Williams - Airplanes

Owl City – Fireflies

Pink – Raise Your Glass

Biffy Clyro – Many of Horror

Adele – Rolling In The Deep

Watch Reeling In The Years: 2010 here via RTÉ Player.