Reeling in the Years looks back to the stories and the soundtrack of 2017 when Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States. - watch here.
On 20 January, Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States. In an era of 'fake news' and alternative facts’, his administration was immediately embroiled in a series of rows and controversies, ranging from the size of the crowd at the inauguration to a travel ban on some Muslim-majority countries, along with high-profile sackings of several key White House staff and plans for a massive border wall with Mexico.
2017 was the year of the ‘Rescue 116’ helicopter disaster. In March, four aircrew died when a Coast Guard helicopter crashed off the coast of Co. Mayo. They were Dara Fitzpatrick, Mark Duffy, Paul Ormsby and Ciarán Smith.
When Enda Kenny stepped down after six years in office, Leo Varadkar beat Simon Coveney in the contest to become Taoiseach and as leader of Fine Gael.
UFC champion Conor McGregor switched to boxing, as the Dubliner took on Floyd Mayweather in a massively-hyped fight in Las Vegas. Conor McGregor lost the fight in the 10th round but came away with a paycheck reported to be worth around 100 million dollars.
Olympic gold medallist Katie Taylor won her first world title as a professional, beating Argentina’s Anahi Sanchez to become WBA lightweight champion.
In London, 72 people died in a massive fire at the Grenfell Tower apartment block.
In failing health, Martin McGuinness resigned as Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland. The former IRA leader had become a key figure in the peace process. His resignation came during an ongoing row with the DUP over a botched renewable energy scheme. As power-sharing in Northern Ireland collapsed, Assembly elections brought little change in the political stalemate at Stormont. Martin McGuinness died in March at the age of 66.
Islamist attacks hit several European cities: 22 concertgoers died in one attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.
In the All-Ireland camogie final, Cork beat Kilkenny by a single point, 0-10 to 0-09. Dublin defeated Mayo in the LGFA final by 4-11 to 0-11.
2017 was the year of ‘Fidget Spinners’.
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Ed Sheeran sang about a ‘Galway Girl’ in a music video starring Saoirse Ronan.
In March, the UK triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. This was the formal starting point for ‘Brexit’, the UK’s departure from the EU. Prime Minister Theresa May called a snap general election, hoping to take advantage of opinion polls showing a commanding lead for her Conservative Party. The election gamble backfired and Theresa May needed a deal with Northern Ireland’s DUP to stay in power.
Storm Ophelia reached Ireland in October. Winds of up to 156kph brought devastation across the country.
The All-Ireland men’s football final was decided late in stoppage time: Dublin beat Mayo by a single point, 1-17 to 0-16. Galway’s hurlers won their county’s first senior All-Ireland title in 29 years: they beat Waterford by 0-26 to 2-17.
REELING IN THE YEARS
Rag ‘n’ Bone Man – Human
Jax Jones, RAYE – You Don’t Know Me
Lyra – Emerald
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Ed Sheeran – Galway Girl
Harry Styles – Sign Of The Times
Niall Horan – Slow Hands
Damien Dempsey – Soulsun
Pink – What About Us
Clean Bandit, Zara Larsson – Symphony
Calvin Harris, Frank Ocean, Migos, Funk Wav – Slide
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