We’ve racked our brains (well, we may have googled a little) and come up with even more of those dubious ‘review of the year’ features…just a small one…here’s five major news stories/highlights of 2018…
1: WEATHER WONDERS
It was a year of weather highs and lows. In January, Storm Eleanor struck. In March, Storm Emma (also dubbed ‘The Beast from The East’). In July, a fabulous heatwave (though it did lead to water shortages). More of that sunshine in 2019, please!
2: TWO WORLD CUPS…
The soccer World Cup in Russia was very enjoyable. Contrary to expectations, the event was well run, and there was no violence on the terraces or outside the grounds. There was lots of drama (several of the usual contenders went out early), some super giantkilling, several great matches and many memorable goals. Not to mention VAR! England over-achieved by reaching the semi-finals. It was a great campaign for Gareth Southgate & Co. France were deserved winners, after a cracking final against Croatia.
One of the great sporting stories of the year was the sensational run by the Irish team to the final of the 2018 Women’s Hockey Word Cup. A brilliant achievement, it was history in the making: the first Irish team, male or female, to reach a World Cup Final.
3: THAT REFERENDUM
Whether you were for or against, there’s no doubt that the Eighth Amendment Abortion Referendum was an historic event for the nation. Here in Roscommon/Leitrim, a constituency which attracted international media focus, we voted 58%-42% for repeal.
4: PAPAL VISIT
Yes, it was a visit which attracted some critics (mainly before it began), and it certainly – and rightly – brought Church abuse scandals centre stage…but there were many special moments during the visit to Ireland of the charismatic Pope Francis.
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Our Person of the Week
The successful Club Rossie ‘Win a House in Dublin’ draw involved hard work on the part of many people, including Pat Compton, Chairperson of Club Rossie. Congratulations to all involved.
A special word of congrats to that very passionate Roscommon GAA man David O’Connor (County Board Treasurer)
whose brainchild the project was.