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19 things Katy from Fair City has missed out on since being locked up

You’ve been gone a LONG time.

katyfair Source: RTE

NEARLY ONE YEAR ago, Katy O’Brien was taken captive in Fair City by Ciaran.

To illustrate how long this plotline has been trundling along, let’s analyse some of the news Katy’s family will have to reveal to her once she (eventually) breaks free:

1. Donald Trump is now President of the USA Katy, and nothing has been the same since

Donald Trump USA Thank You Tour IN Fayettville Source: Timothy L. Hale

Surprised? This is only the start.

2. Remember that Brexit referendum everyone was talking about early last year? They had the vote in June. And these lads won

General Election 2015 campaign - April 23rd Source: PA Archive/PA Images

EU referendum spending Source: PA Wire/PA Images

3. Meaning the UK is well on its way out of the EU, Cameron resigned on the morning of the result, Theresa May is now Prime Minister, things are getting a little dodgy and you probably wish you’re still in the room right now?

David-Cameron-EU-referendum Source: PA Wire

Maybe not.

4. The day *before* the Brexit vote happened – and long before the host of The Apprentice took over the US nuclear codes – we had a very good day: Robbie Brady banged in a header in the 85th minute against Italy in the Euros, winning the match 1-0 for Ireland and taking us into the next round

Italy v Republic of Ireland - UEFA Euro 2016 - Group E - Stade Pierre Mauroy Source: Chris Radburn

There were scenes, Katy:

Italy v Republic of Ireland - UEFA Euro 2016 - Group E - Stade Pierre Mauroy Source: PA Archive/PA Images

We’re not going to lie, you missed out on some serious craic that week. It had it all.

We got knocked out in the next round, but sure look.

5. You won’t be surprised to hear that we didn’t make it to the final of the Eurovision this year

Probably the least shocking thing you’ll encounter here.

A comfort, almost.

6. While you look up the song that failed us, you might want to Google this combination of words from last summer

demi Source: @caroltomp

7. A game called Pokémon Go took over Ireland (and the world) last July. Nobody really plays it any more except for the hardcore fans, so it’s probably not worth downloading. This is what it looked like:

8. Elsewhere in Ireland, things are ticking along nicely

wexfordpeople Source: Erica Wall

9. Enda Kenny has stepped down as Taoiseach, so your new glorious leader will be one of these two

Nicky McFadden funeral Source: Brian Lawless

Fine Gael Leadership Contest Source: PA Wire/PA Images

10. Michael D is still President though, and it makes us all feel like everything just might work out OK in the end. Here he is chatting to a man with a budgie on his shoulder while out for a walk in Galway

michaeldbudgie Source: Noel McDonagh

OK, now for the hard part. Brace yourself Katy.

The following legends have died since you got locked up:

11. You probably already knew about Bowie and Prince, but George Michael passed away over the Christmas period

George Michael Source: Chris Radburn

12. As well as Star Wars legend Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher death Source: Ian West

13. In some better news, last summer was serious craic because we actually won some Olympic medals. The O’Donovan Brothers from Cork took home a rowing silver and gave interviews like this after every race

14. Annalise Murphy also got a silver in the sailing

Pasted image at 2016_08_17 05_00 PM Source: Sinead O'Carroll

15. And even though Thomas Barr didn’t snatch a medal on the track, he won the nation’s heart in the process. Look at him there:

16. It’s been a manic year (sure we don’t need to tell you that). What else happened? Well, Brad and Angelina broke up

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Divorce Source: ABACA

17. There wasn’t *really* a song of the summer last year, but these three would have the best claims to the crown

Source: Vevo-DUCK/YouTube

Source: ChainsmokersVEVO/YouTube

Source: ZaraLarssonMusicVEVO/YouTube

Bangers, in fairness.

18. You should Google “cash me outside” just for the craic

19. And “Joe Biden memes” too

Now, that’s a lot to digest – you’ve been gone a long, long time.

Luckily, you’re a fictional character so you should be able to take all of the most shocking news events listed here in your stride.

We’ll do better in Eurovision next year, hopefully – and you might even be out by then to enjoy it.

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David Elkin

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