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32 of the biggest news stories of 2017, as told through 'Ireland Simpsons Fans' Memes

The best place for Irish memes.

1. The month of January was dominated by Donald Trump’s inauguration

checkit Source: Dillon Gough/ISF

2. And Brexit was dawning as the biggest political story of the year

3. U2 announced their Joshua Tree world tour at the start of the year

taxman Source: Evan Martin/ISF

4. In February, Stephen Donnelly switched from the Social Democrats to Fianna Fáil

7UPthree Source: Gareth Walker-Ayers/ISF

5. The same month, the Brexit negotiations got off to a good start

ire2l Source: ISF

6. In March, there was a week of strikes at Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus

tacxi Source: Jonney Lloyd/ISF

strike2 Source: Alan McLoughlin/ISF

7. In early March, the Strike4Repeal took over the streets of Dublin and beyond

water Source: Adam Hough/ISF

8. Gerry Adams was in the news a lot in the early part of the year as the Northern Assembly election campaign took place – and there were so many controversies

brits2 Source: Stu Nix/ISF

9. “Gerry what about that tattoo on your chest? Doesn’t it say “DIE BRITS DIE”?

“No that’s German for “The, Brits the.”"

diebrits2 Source: Tomás Ó Fearghail‎/ISF

thera2 Source: Paul Loughran/ISF

10. In March, Bertie Ahern said he “won’t rule himself out” of a Presidential bid

recession Source: David Doyle/ISF

Who could forget Paul Ryan’s manky Guinness on Paddy’s Day?

11. “I’d, uh, also like to express MY fondness for… that particular beer.”

fondness Source: Joe Carroll/ISF

12. In April, Danny Healy-Rae said “Nobody caused a fatality by having three glasses of Guinness drank”

danny3 Source: Jack Booyle/ISF

13. That was the month Ed Sheeran was everywhere. This was Irish radio at the time:

whened Source: Phil Martin/ISF

14. A snap election was called in the UK, and Brexit boasting hit a peak

asmay Source: Ba Re Quay Ting‎/ISF

15. In May, Ireland gave zero points to the UK in the Eurovision

ireland234 Source: Michelle Ní Chonaill/ISF

16. In June, Ed Sheeran announced that he’s going to play seven stadium gigs around Ireland in 2018

edsheeran3 Source: Enda McCabe/ISF

17. The summer of 2017 saw Corbynmania sweeping the UK… but it didn’t really translate to Ireland

vcorybn Source: Hugh Farrell/ISF

18. In July, the Herald/Stormzy debacle hit international headlines

stormzy234 Source: Bronagh Markey/ISF

19. U2 eventually did play Croker, and Ireland had a new Taoiseach by then

weldare Source: Kevin Flood/ISF

20. Another news story popped up about Bertie’s potential run for the Áras

bertire1 Source: Mark McCormack/ISF

21. Anthony Scaramucci was fired from the White House after just 10 days as communications director

homeplanet Source: John Hanley/ISF

22. The Conor Mcgregor vs Floyd Mayweather fight was talked about through all of August – and the pre-bout trash talking left a lot to be desired

mcgregor233 Source: Cormac Gordon

And there was only one phrase on everyone’s lips:

fthemay Source: Tadhg Gately/ISF

23. Waterford fans came to Dublin in their hordes for a rare All-Ireland final

wexford23 Source: Tadgh Gately/ISF

24. In September, the George Hook story blew up following his on-air comments about rape

hook Source: Adam Hough/ISF

25. In the same month, Ireland’s World Cup campaign started to falter

ireland2345 Source: Darren O'Neill

And then went all the way downhill:

tomakeit Source: Adam Hough/ISF

deed Source: Conor McDermott/ISF

glennwhelan2 Source: Joseph Aivalikli‎/ISF

26. Mayo suffered another heartbreaking loss in an All-Ireland final

31ss Source: Ryan O'Neill/ISF

27. Leo’s first Budget dropped in October

thebudget23 Source: Chris Murphy/ISF

28. The same month, SoSueMe responded to accusations to she Photoshopped birds into an Instagram

sosueme Source: Brian Mac An Fhailí‎/ISF

29. Leo Varadkar was a reassuring presence during Hurricane Ophelia

ophelia23 Source: Dean Van Nguyen‎/ISF

30. “I’ve sold strippers to Brockway, Ballyragget, and North Haverbrook, and by gum, it put them on the map”

ballyr Source: Christopher Ward/ISF

31. As the year came to an end, an election looked like it was on the cards

fiannafail Source: Wayne Mulligan/ISF

stadium23 Source: Alan Greene/ISF

It didn’t happen in the end, but Fine Gael had a contingency plan:

didht Source: Conor Conneally‎/ISF

32. And finally… December was dominated by the Brexit negotiations on the Irish border

Arlene Foster’s last-minute intervention scuppered the original deal:

scana Source: Tadhg Gately‎/ISF

arlene Source: Donald Pattison/ISF

Then there was *that* Channel 4 News video where people in Britain were asked to draw the border:

thebirder Source: Ireland Simpsons Fans/Pa O'Sullivan

gen3 Source: Liam O'Neill‎/ISF

We just need the political jargon translated into terminology we can all understand:

brexit23 Source: Siobhán Barbour‎/Joe Panama

Excellent work.

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