Poutine, Katie Taylor and Wagon Wheel
You think it’s going to be a bit of nostalgia sure – weren’t we all hilarious “ goblin heads ” that barely knew what Netflix was like back then?
A look at how things have evolved over the years and how we have all grown up now.
And then, bam, the name of the program becomes more of a warning because we’re left behind. In shock at how the warning signs were there and no one paid attention. Under the shock of the double, the triple whammy of the political, financial and corporate jiggery-pokery that unfolded so fatefully.
You’re watching a scary movie between your fingers and you can’t figure out how these eejits could possibly decide that it would be a good idea to head into those dark woods or into that murky basement.
But then Reeling in the Years: 2012 starts rolling and you’re horrified as London Mayor Boris Johnson takes off in a publicity stunt for the opening of the Olympics. Like an oversized tired piñata, it jumps overhead, then swings into it, unable to move forward or backward. Hmm.
Then, Vladimir Putin sealed his iron grip on power in Russia. Having already ruled as president or prime minister for more than 12 years, he won a new six-year presidential term in an election contested by the Russian opposition. Alexei Navalny (who is currently on hunger strike in prison) is one of the leaders of the anti-Putin movement.
Bertie Ahern was in the hot water of Mahon’s court and left Fianna Fáil. The Quinn family also made headlines in 2012.
And it wouldn’t be complete without an appearance by Donald Trump. At the time, he was known simply as a businessman and a TV presenter. In 2012, he was busy supporting Mitt Romney as the Republican candidate for the US presidential election.
There were cheers and celebrations galore as Brendan O’Carroll’s comedy ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’ celebrated huge televised audiences and awards and Cork’s senior footballers maintained their undefeated record in the finals of all of Ireland.
But even the celebrations can have a tinge of melancholy when you watch the glee, glee, and ease with which NASA’s ground controls kiss when the Curiosity rover successfully lands on Mars. Who knew then that smaller distances, like barely 3 miles or a garden visit, would involve similar levels of planning, but still no hugs?
There were some brilliant events in 2012, okay. British Queen Elizabeth – and Prince Philip – visited Belfast and there was a historic handshake with Martin McGuinness. Queen Elizabeth also gained new fans when she appeared to team up with James Bond (Daniel Craig) to parachute to open the 2012 Olympics.
And the Irish athletes – Michael Conlan, Paddy Barnes and Katie Taylor – were among those who make us so proud.
Music from Nathan Carter (Wagon Wheel) and Nicki Minaj, Lisa Hannigan, Carly Jepsen, Little Green Cars, The Script and Will.I.Am, Taylor Swift and Adele will get you back there in the blink of an eye.
Many events in 2012 cast a particularly long shadow. Among them, the death of Savita Halappanavar at Galway University Hospital. The death of the young woman refocused demands to change the strict abortion laws of this country, enshrined in the Constitution since 1983. There have been high profile marches and campaigns have been organized.
The name of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, USA became known to the world when a lone gunman murdered 26 people, including 20 children. There has been a wave of debate over US gun laws. However, the Center for Victim Research in the United States reported last year that there had been at least 2,409 mass shootings in the United States since this particular tragedy.
There have also been high-profile conflicts and sit-ins in the industrial sphere – Vita Cortex workers in Cork staged a 161-day sit-in when they were fired with immediate effect without pay. Meanwhile, Enda Kenny was busy telling everyone listening that Ireland was the best little country in the world in which to do business.
Headlines were dominated for days and weeks with the sinking of the fishing trawler Tit Bonhomme off Cork, killing five. There was also a tragedy with the loss of 32 loves when the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia ran aground, capsized and then sank in shallow water after hitting an underwater rock off the coast of Tuscany .
In sport, Irish fans have formed a ‘green army’ to travel to Poland and Ukraine for the European Championship – we may have lost all three group matches but who can forget the guys posing with their flag ‘Angela Merkel thinks we are at work’. The After Match team also had Angela Merkel in mind with a sketch in which she called out the Irish ‘little pixie heads’ and gave us all a financial slap.
But before the Sunday night blues take over, let’s get back to the music. Some were quite good in terms of fairness. Rock me mom, like a wagon wheel.