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# review 2012

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I was there... for Katie's Taylor Olympic gold -- kinda -- and some lovely off-Broadway hurling
Gavan Reilly was outside the ExCel looking in, but we’re counting it. He may have also seen Kilkenny.
First Irish TV, Titanic, a famous ceiling: the big anniversaries of 2012
The Titanic disaster, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the Anglo-Irish Treaty: 2012 has been a big year for commemorations. Here’s your guide to the bigger commemorations held this year.
13 things we didn't know last year
Gangnam, Instagram, Mick Wallace’s tax dealings, and how amazing our athletes are.
Here are our top 10 most shared articles on Facebook in 2012
From Savita Halappanavar to puppies rescued from a Dublin car, these were the most shared articles on Facebook this year.
Talking tactics: bringing new Gaelic football innovations to book
Emmet Ryan reckoned he say a gap in the market – writing about football in a new way.
Here are our top 10 most tweeted articles in 2012
From Maeve Binchy to the fatal Swedish House Mafia concert, these are stories which were shared the most on Twitter this year.
I was there: Leinster's heartbreaking RaboDirect Pro12 final defeat
Gather round, for a tale of sunshine, scrums and Shane.
2012: Good news in video
Good news, good deeds, great stuff.
Photos: the cutest Dublin Zoo arrivals of 2012
New additions include the births of tapirs, red pandas, eastern bongos and meerkats – and the transfer of two lion cubs and a bull elephant. Phew, what a year!
Ireland's soccer year told through 10 Giovanni Trapattoni facial expressions
There was a range of emotions; from very frustrated to incredibly annoyed.
18 people you (probably) hadn’t heard of this time last year
In fact, you might not still know some of them – or at least not know their names.
The best memes of 2012
Grumpy Cat, Angelina Jolieing, and those binders full of women. It’s been a quality year for internet memes. Here’s the cream of the crop…
45 images that made us cry this year
Emotional for different reasons – some tragic, others victorious – these images touched us during 2012.
Forget your X-stations and body armour, these are the gifts sports fans received back in the day
No bags of coal here.
Moments that restored our faith in Ireland in 2012
We’re quite fond of this place.
Competition time: Win some nice gear by telling us who's behind Breaking Bad's Walter White
Just because you shoot Jesse James, it don’t make you Jesse James.
I was there… for Ireland’s brutal tour of New Zealand
Patrick McCarry was our man embedded with Declan Kidney’s squad as they came so close yet so far away last summer.
Mahon, Reilly, Savita: Game-changing political moments of 2012
Unlike 2011 this was not a year of any seismic shifts in Irish politics but there were plenty of stand-out moments which will have repercussions going into next year and most of them involved one man…
In Pics: Ireland's Defence Forces in 2012
Our Defence Forces had a busy year. Here are some of the great pictures they took during it.
Late winner: Here’s 6 last-minute sporting pressies to get you off the hook tomorrow
Like Kun Aguero you’ve left it late; now make sure you score a 94th-minute winner.
Here’s the cast of’s very own nativity play
Get out your bed-sheets, coat hangers and tinsel. It’s showtime!
RIP: Remembering those we lost in 2012
From writer Maeve Binchy to astronaut Neil Armstrong, rugby star Nevin Spence to GAA great Páidí Ó Sé, we take a look back at some of the many greats that Ireland, and the world, lost this year.
How did they do that? Here's 10 of the most amazing plays of 2012
Goals, points, tries and perfect pole vaults. We’re not fussy.
Tweets, tablets and patents: 2012 in tech
Has Apple peaked? Has Microsoft lost its way? Is Twitter just here for the tax? Was Instagram worth the $1bn?
Re-cycle: Armstrong leaves peloton picking up the pieces after traumatic year
Back on the road, Bradley Wiggins took his place on the sport’s throne. Literally.
Who’s behind the Gangnam Style guy? Spot the Irish sporting moments of 2012 for some nice goodies
*Does horse dance*
Here's a new Facebook feature you'll actually like (seriously)
It might even make you want to hug Mark Zuckerberg.