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Irish News social media review of the year

Taylor Swift revealed her love of Tyrone GAA in April 

The past year has seen a lot of activity on The Irish News's social media channels and some stories have proved to be runaway hits with readers. Here, we present the ones that caught your eye most over the last 12 months.

Snow joke at the Ponderosa

January 16: A lone drinker ignores the snow to enjoy a pint and a fag at the Ponderosa bar in Derry.

Thankfully the weather picked up later in the year - although some would argue not by much.

PSNI says social media adds 'extra value' to work

FEBRUARY 2: THE PSNI has defended spending an estimated 33 hours a month updating Facebook pages.

Officers posting selfies and other light-hearted material alongside crime information while on patrol "adds extra value" to their work, the force said..

Belfast Zoo monkey recaptured

MARCH 30: A MONKEY that has been 'on the run' from Belfast zoo since Wednesday has been captured in north of the city and returned to its keepers.

The lion-tailed macaque was among two monkeys called Rose and Zoid who got away after escaping from their enclosure..

Taylor Swift to jet in to Omagh for Tyrone v Kerry

APRIL 1: POP SINGER Taylor Swift has revealed she is a huge fan of Tyrone GAA football team.

It is believed the multi-million album selling star became interested in the sport after catching a challenge match on television during some down time following a concert she performed at Dublin's O2 arena last year.

Dr John Hinds: 'A man who would change the future'

JULY 10: A PETITION calling for an air ambulance in Northern Ireland which was set up following the tragic death of trauma doctor, Dr John Hinds, was nudging 50,000 signatures yesterday.

Dr Hinds, who worked in Craigavon Area Hospital, was a fierce supporter of a dedicated, doctor-led emergency helicopter service and had campaigned tirelessly for its introduction in the north.

'Up to four politicians' linked to Nama scandal

JULY 13: PRIVATE investigators looking into the Nama scandal have identified "up to four politicians from two parties" that stood to benefit from £7m discovered in an offshore account, it has been claimed.

It had previously been alleged that a single politician or party from Northern Ireland had been earmarked for money 'diverted' by high-profile Belfast solicitor Ian Coulter to an Isle of Man bank.

Poc Fada winner accuses Ulster GAA of sexism

JULY 22: THE CAPTAIN of the Ulster camogie team last night spoke of her shock at the GAA's "sexist" treatment of women in a major competition.

Catherine McGourty described how the male winner of the Ulster GAA Poc Fada won a trophy and a skiing holiday, while she walked away with just a medal.

Frankie Boyle performs at Féile

AUGUST 8: WHEN Frankie Boyle stepped onstage at the Feile an Phobail, suited and relaxed, we wondered how he'd open.

As he walked onstage, he said: "I apologise for dividing your usually very united country." First goal to Mr Boyle.

Jock Davison murder suspect shot dead

SEPTEMBER 1: THE chief suspect in the murder of Gerard ‘Jock’ Davison was shot dead in east Belfast last night.

Kevin McGuigan Snr was killed outside his home at Comber Court in the Short Strand area.

PSNI warning over pub on wheels

SEPTEMBER 17: THE PSNI has raised safety concerns over a Belfast 'pub on wheels' – but police, the council and Stormont cannot agree on who is responsible for regulating it.

Police also say the pedal-powered bar – in which revellers pedal along city centre streets while drinking alcohol – is "entitled" to use bus lanes.

Hotel boss resigns after sectarian outburst

OCTOBER 12: A Co Derry businesswoman has resigned from a prestigious hospitality organisation after being filmed making a foul-mouthed sectarian rant.

The Northern Ireland Hotels Federation confirmed last night that former board member Ramona Wylie had tendered her resignation after a expletive-ridden outburst was captured on camera.

Frazer attacks airport's 'pro-Irish paraphernalia'

OCTOBER 12: LOYALIST victims campaigner Willie Frazer has said he is considering organising a protest at Belfast International Airport over what he claims is its lack of "Northern Ireland" branded souvenirs.

The Armagh man said the airport had become filled with "a sea of green leprechauns and pro-Irish paraphernalia", in reference to tourist merchandise which carries the Ireland logo.

Man who died on Aer Lingus flight met `violent death`

OCTOBER 19: A passenger has spoken of the "violent death" of a 24-year-old man on a flight from Portugal to Ireland.

The dead man, believed to be Brazilian, suffered an apparent seizure and collapsed, forcing the Aer Lingus service from Lisbon to Dublin to divert to Cork Airport on Sunday evening.

Aaron Devlin commemorative jersey launched

OCTOBER 24: ‘KIND of a big deal’ was the typically irreverent way the late Aaron Devlin described himself on Twitter.

Those immortal words are now emblazoned on the sleeve of a slick new GAA jersey as a way of celebrating Aaron’s life and supporting the Meningitis Now charity.

Bank's unscrupulous tactics caught on CCTV

NOVEMBER 10: A Co Tyrone businessman has filmed the unscrupulous tactics used by Bank of Ireland employees to recover debts after his business was placed into liquidation.

John Conway, the founder of Meteor Electrical in Cookstown, lost almost everything during the 2009 downturn and he has since been locked in a legal battle with the Bank of Ireland.

Bus driver shocked by praise over kindness to homeless

NOVEMBER 10 THIS is the Belfast bus driver who has captured the hearts of thousands with his Good Samaritan gesture to a homeless man.

During an unscheduled stop to his 10H Belfast service, Paul Doyle gave a winter coat to a man he had watched standing in the pouring rain.

Irish dad accidentally films himself for entire Vegas trip

NOVEMBER 16 A SELFIE stick has proved to be the downfall of an Irish dad, after he accidentally filmed himself throughout his trip to Las Vegas.

Evan Griffin posted a video on Facebook of his dad Joe taking in the sights in Las Vegas, while mistakenly filming only his own face.

Northern Ireland accent voted sexiest in the world

NOVEMBER 17 THE Northern Ireland accent has been voted sexiest in the world, according to a recent poll.

Co Antrim's Liam Neeson and Co Down's Jamie Dornan and Rory McIlroy, may have helped to ensure the popularity of the accent, according to the ASDA poll.

Tributes to Irish men killed in Perth tragedy

NOVEMBER 26: FAMILY and friends of two young men from Northern Ireland have been paying heartfelt tributes following their tragic deaths on a building site in Australia.

Joe McDermott and Gerry Bradley were on a work break at an apartment block in Perth when a concrete slab fell on them.

Daniel O'Donnell 'caught speeding'

DECEMBER 2: DANIEL O'Donnell may be known for his clean cut image, but the Donegal crooner and wife Majella were caught speeding twice during their tour of Ireland's B&Bs.

The couple received two speeding tickets as they filmed for their popular TV show earlier this year.

Belfast scoops 'trendiest' city in Europe award

DECEMBER 7: BELFAST has won an award for the "trendiest" city for business travel in Europe.

The city scooped the award at a ceremony in Amsterdam after beating competition from Valencia in Spain and Reykjavik in Iceland.

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