I created this thread last year to kickstart a discussion on the year that just flew by: http://www.politics.ie/forum/history...what-year.html
Again, I ask you all to share your most memorable moment from both home and abroad.
*I am posting this in the History forum because in the future, when cyber archaeologists are researching 2012, it will be the most relevant*
1 January — A controversial €100 household charge was applied, as were large increases in transport fares, motor taxation, and health insurance costs.
13 January — The Criminal Law Defence and the Dwelling Act 2011, drafted after the 2004 death of John Ward, came into effect.
15 January — A fatal fishing disaster occurred off the south west coast.
16 January — Seán Quinn, Ireland's richest person as recently as 2008, was declared bankrupt at the High Court.
26 January — Taoiseach Enda Kenny, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, told the world that Irish people "went mad borrowing" from a banking system that spawned greed.
18 February — Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping began a three-day trip to Ireland.
29 February — Éamon Ó Cuív was sacked as Deputy Leader of Fianna Fáil and Communications Spokesperson of the party after a row with leader Micheál Martin over the Fiscal Compact referendum.
7 March — The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland upheld a complaint against RTÉ made by Seán Gallagher relating to the tweet that derailed his presidential campaign.
22 March — The Mahon Tribunal published it findings after 15 years of investigations.
24 March — Facing expulsion, Bertie Ahern resigned from Fianna Fáil before he could be ousted.
31 March — Ireland was reported by international media to be facing a popular revolt after government figures indicated less than half of the country's households had paid the new property tax by that day's deadline.
3 April — RTÉ's defamation of Father Kevin Reynolds: RTÉ head of current affairs Ed Mulhall retired, Ken O'Shea resigned from Prime Time and the programme was terminated.
2 May — Cardinal Seán Brady was embroiled in controversy over a BBC television programme which contained allegations that he failed to act after one sex abuse survivor gave him a list in 1975 of other children being abused by Father Brendan Smyth.
4 May — RTÉ's defamation of Father Kevin Reynolds: RTÉ was fined €2,000,000 by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI). Reporter Aoife Kavanagh resigned from RTÉ over her role in the scandal.
31 May — Constitutional referendum on the European Fiscal Compact.
10–17 June — The 50th International Eucharistic Congress took place at the RDS and Croke Park in Dublin.
7 July — A Swedish House Mafia concert in Phoenix Park descended into chaos, with a "significant number" of random unprovoked attacks at the show.
27 July — During a case at Claremorris District Court Judge Mary Devins, wife of former Fianna Fáil TD Jimmy Devins, described social welfare as a Polish charity, sparking national outrage and a formal complaint to the police over "the possibility that she is in breach of the prohibition in the Incitement to Hatred Act from 1989".
8 September — A volley of shots was fired as hundreds of people attended the funeral in Dublin of Real IRA dissident Alan Ryan.
26 September — Róisín Shortall resigned as Minister of State for Primary Care due to a dispute with Minister for Health James Reilly, the deputy leader of Fine Gael.
16 October - A report on St. Patrick's Institution found a culture of human rights abuse.
10 November - Irish children's rights referendum was passed by a majority of 58%, with a turnout of 33.5%.
14 November - The death of Savita Halappanavar (28 October) at a Galway hospital became public.
5 December — The Budget was announced for 2013.
13 December — Labour Party chairman Colm Keaveney voted against the Social Welfare Bill and was expelled from the parliamentary party.
21 December - Death of Minister of State, Shane McEntee.
All-Ireland football final – Donegal 2–11, Mayo 0–13 on 23 September.
All-Ireland hurling final replay – Galway 3–11, Kilkenny 3–22 on 30 September.
Olympics: 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 3 Bronze. Ireland at the 2012 Summer Olympics - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
13 January - Sinking of Costa Concordia with the loss of 32 Lives.
January 23 – Iran–European Union relations: The European Union adopts an embargo against Iran in protest of that nation's continued effort to enrich uranium.
February 6 – The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II marks the 60th anniversary of her accession to the thrones of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and the 60th anniversary of her becoming Head of the Commonwealth.
February 21 – Greek government debt crisis: Eurozone finance ministers reach an agreement on a second, €130-billion Greek bailout.
March 13 – After 244 years since its first publication, the Encyclopædia Britannica discontinues its print edition.
April 26 – Former Liberian President Charles Taylor is found guilty on 11 counts of aiding and abetting war crimes and crimes against humanity during the Sierra Leone Civil War.
June 24 - Lonesome George, the last known individual of the Pinta Island Tortoise subspecies, dies at a Galapagos National Park, thus making the subspecies extinct.
July 4 – CERN announces the discovery of a new particle with properties consistent with the Higgs boson after experiments at the Large Hadron Collider.
July 27 – August 12 – The 2012 Summer Olympics are held in London, England, United Kingdom.
September 11 - Death of US ambassador J. Christopher Stevens serving in Libya.
August 25 – Death of Neil Armstrong, American astronaut.
October 14 – Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner becomes the first person to break the sound barrier without any machine assistance during a record space dive out of the Red Bull Stratos helium-filled balloon from 24 miles (39 kilometers) over Roswell, New Mexico in the United States.
October 24 – 30 – Hurricane Sandy kills at least 209 people in the Caribbean, Bahamas, United States and Canada. Considerable storm surge damage causes major disruption to the eastern seaboard of the United States.
November 14 – 21 – Israel launches Operation Pillar of Defense against the Palestinian-governed Gaza Strip, killing Hamas military chief Ahmed Jabari. In the following week 140 Palestinians and five Israelis are killed in an ensuing cycle of violence.
December 14 - Adam Lanza becomes a mass killer at Sandy Hook Elementary school where 20 children and 6 staff are killed. He also killed his mother that morning.
December 21 - The World did not end.
So, there ya have it. What were the most memorable?