IrishExaminer.com’s most-read stories of 2021

It’s the end of the year and we’re hearing about a new variant that is more heritable than the previous one and will require much more severe restrictions than we expected.

This sentence could also be true for 2020 and 2021.

The more it changes.

This is the story that has enveloped our lives, so it’s no surprise that Covid-19 has featured prominently in the most read stories on IrishExaminer.com this year.

We started 2021 at the start of a pretty dark lockdown with much of the economy shut down and many of us confined to within 3 miles of our homes.

There were many different facets to our experience with Covid-19, and while there was a lot of interest in the latest news on the restrictions, some of the more quirky stories were the ones that caught the eye the most. Warning.

(Left to right) Sr Irene Gibson and Sr Anne Marie.  An unusual trip to Dáil for the nuns of Cork piqued the curiosity of our online readers.  Photo: Dan Linehan
(Left to right) Sr Irene Gibson and Sr Anne Marie. An unusual trip to Dáil for the nuns of Cork piqued the curiosity of our online readers. Photo: Dan Linehan

However, these were actually two stories in the lifestyle section of IrishExaminer.com that were among the two most read stories this year.

“Keeping pace with the Bidens: who is the new first family?” Was the most read story on location this year as Martha Brennan reported everything you need to know about America’s New First Family.

I think the term “life hack” in this next article does a disservice to the usefulness of this advice, especially during the summer.

Denise O’Donoghue’s article titled “Life Hack: A Simple But Effective Way To Rid Your Home Of Flies” provided details on how you probably already have all the ingredients in your house to keep house flies and houseflies away. fruit flies.

Top 10 news

The most read story this year in the news section of IrishExaminer.com was Michelle McGlynn reporting “Man from Cork says trip to Tenerife while receiving PUP was ‘no-brainer’.

This was at a time when the gardaí could impose fines on those who went to a port or airport for non-essential reasons. Dean said that if he felt sorry for the Irish who were leading their lives according to current public health guidelines, his decision to travel was “obvious” to him.

“Why would I stay home and listen to the government constantly instilling fear into people’s lives through lies and manipulation when I can be here to live on my well-earned Covid money?” He told Neil Prendeville’s show on Cork RedFM.

The second most read story on the site this year was the grim news that “the level 5 lockdown will remain until March 5 with stricter Covid rules for international travel”.

At the end of January, Elaine Loughlin and Paul Hosford explained how the Cabinet subcommittee on Covid-19 had recommended the extension of the lockdown as well as the introduction of effective travel bans for people from certain countries.

Gusts of over 100 km / h send huge waves crashing into the sea defense wall at Tragumna on December 7.  Storm Barra also crashed into our top 10 most read stories this year.  Photo: Andrew Harris
Gusts of over 100 km / h send huge waves crashing into the sea defense wall at Tragumna on December 7. Storm Barra also crashed into our top 10 most read stories this year. Photo: Andrew Harris

In third place was another Covid-19 story from January where Noel Baker reported that “a flight to Ireland triggered 59 cases of Covid in six HSE regions – study”.

This plane was only 17% full and some passengers wore masks according to the Eurosuveillance study.

Knocking Covid out of the picture, and in fourth place in the top 10, was a much more familiar disruption in our lives: the weather.

Ciarán Sunderland, Greg Murphy and Pádraig Hoare reported that “slush and snow were forecast tonight as Ireland braces for freezing temperatures”.

It started with this rather chilling intro, invoking the storm of 2018: “It’s a snowstorm that remains fresh in our memories, and now its cousin threatens to be just as mean and fierce three years later.”

More positive news regarding Covid-wise from the end of March comes in fifth place. “Coveney: Ministers Must Relax 5K and Outdoor Meeting Restrictions and Allow Full Return to School,” read the headline of Daniel McConnell’s article.

At the time, Mr Coveney said Nphet and the government recognized that people needed a little room to breathe amid the impact the restrictions had had for so many months.

In July, the Irish Examiner detailed a complaint from a lawyer who said she was forced to remove her bra in order to attend an urgent meeting with a client at Cloverhill Prison in Dublin.

In sixth place on the most read list, Daniel McConnell and Aoife Moore explained how the Taoiseach described the situation as “shocking and unacceptable” and that he had requested a report from Justice Minister Heather Humphreys on the incident.

The latest story of Covid in the top 10 comes again from those dark days in January and a rather accurate prediction from the Tánaiste.

“The Level 5 lockdown will be extended as Varadkar predicts a slow reopening of the company,” the headline said. And of course we all know how it happened.

    Where is Wally in our most frequent reads?  You can see Ireland's favorite arctic walrus somewhere in the top 20. Photo: Andy Gibson.
Where is Wally in our most frequent reads? You can see Ireland’s favorite arctic walrus somewhere in the top 20. Photo: Andy Gibson.

In eighth place, Eoin English, Pádraig Hoare and Nicole Glennon reported in February on the violent tragedy in North Cork which left three people dead.

The men have been named locally as Paddy, Willie and Johnny Hennessy. An investigation learned how friends and family remained in awe of why Johnny killed his brothers and then himself.

More recently, hundreds of thousands of people were affected when Storm Barra moved across Ireland. Our team brought you all the details in “Storm Barra: Nurseries, Schools and Higher Education Institutions in 12 Counties Doomed to Close Tomorrow” as the south and west in particular braced for the impending storm.

The top 10 is rounded out with the first non-Irish story to feature and it arose following the death of the British Duke of Edinburgh, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II.

“Prince Philip’s most reckless remarks and blunders that shocked the public” do exactly what he says on the tin.

As you move down the list, Covid begins to appear less and less as readers engaged in a wide variety of stories.

Elsewhere in the top 20, for example, we have:

– “I’ve had enough”: Jules Thomas separates from Ian Bailey

– New photos show Wally the walrus relaxing on a small boat in Crookhaven

– A man pleads guilty to 4 € of cannabis

– Nuns in Cork violate Covid guidelines to witness Dáil exorcism

– Donnelly makes a series of blunders in the Dáil session

sport

On the sports side, the most read article online this year is that of columnist Bríd Stack.

“Bríd Stack: It’s over, but I couldn’t have done more. It just wasn’t meant to be, ”details the struggles with injuries sustained by the former Ladies GAA All-Star and Aussie Rules player.

Brid Stack plays for the Sydney West Giants.  Hers was the best sports story for us online.  Photo via Twitter
Brid Stack plays for the Sydney West Giants. Hers was the best sports story for us online. Photo via Twitter

In second place was the view of the great Dublin footballer, Dr David Hickey, who believed the referee had contributed significantly to Dublin’s loss to Mayo in the All Ireland Football Championship.

“David Hickey: ‘Four excruciating decisions against Dublin turned the game around for Mayo’ has certainly caught the interest of many.

The third most read sports article this year is the Olympic Games. “Aidan Walsh’s celebratory injury costs him the chance to fight for the Olympic final” detailed the heartbreaking injury that cost Walsh the chance to win a silver or gold in the welterweight division of boxing.

Way of life

In the lifestyle realm, the aforementioned stories about the Bidens and the “life hack” to rid your house of flies were the first two.

Among the top five were also:

– The former head of Operation Transformation dies after a long illness;

– Bernard O’Shea: Turmeric is a practical way to overcome the urge to overeat;

– And TV reporter ‘caught quick’ shopping at Penneys on a live broadcast

Business

In the business world, Eamonn Quinn’s story came out on top with the headline: “Revealed: Complete List of Bank of Ireland Branch Closings”.

Second: Penneys refuses to sell online – here’s why it’s right to do so;

And the third most read was: The owner of Corona beer is challenging the use of the name in court.

Comment

In our Comments and Analysis section, the most read column this year was Rory Hearne’s column on “The next real estate crash will hit even harder than the last”.

In second place, Paul Hosford explained how and why “something went wrong somewhere in the treatment of Covid-19” in January.

Next in third place are details of a podcast by Liz Dunphy on “The West Cork Fairy Tale That Ended In A Nightmare”.

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