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7 Things You Might Be Surprised To See In 'Reeling In The Years' 2010

7 Things You Might Be Surprised To See In 'Reeling In The Years' 2010
By Gary Connaughton
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Reeling in the Years is back!

Over the next few weeks, RTÉ will be broadcasting an episode on each years from the last decade, starting off with 2010 tonight at 8.30pm.

11 years ago may seem like quite a long time, but here are a few things you might be surprised to learn happened over a decade ago.

Iceland volcanic eruption

Before coronavirus the last major interruption to global travel was down to a volcano.

Eyjafjallajökull (easy for you to say) let off a huge amount of volcanic ash into the atmosphere, grounding flights around Europe for six days. It was thought to have effected around 10million travellers.

Jedward spent three weeks at number one in the Irish charts

What were we thinking?

Jedward have spent their time fighting for social justice in recent times, and while we have huge admiration for them on that front, the fact that their duet with Vanilla Ice made it to number one on the Irish charts on no less than three separate occasions in 2010 is a black mark in our history as a nation.



Chilean miners

The saga with the Chilean miners gripped the globe in October of that year, with 33 men spending 69 days trapped underground.

No word of how they fared at senior level, although the whole thing has since been made into a Hollywood movie starring Antonio Banderas.


Pubs open on Good Friday for the first time


Remember when we used to be able to go to the pub? Better still, remember when we used to be able to go to the pub on Good Friday?

We only got one year of that in this country before lockdown kicked in, but there was an exception made 11 years ago.

Pubs in Limerick City were allowed to open ahead of a Celtic League match between Munster and Leinster at Thomond Park. It was the first time in the history of the state where such an exception was made.



Man slips on ice

Iconic. Absolutely iconic.

It might just be the greatest thing ever to be shown on Irish television. Hard to believe that it first aired over 11 years ago.



Man drives cement truck to Leinster House

Back in September of 2010, 41-year old man drove a cement truck to the gates of Leinster House, before parking it up and standing on the roof to protest. The truck also displayed the slogan 'Toxic Bank Anglo'.

He was brought to court the following year but was found not guilty, despite doing some damage to the paint job on the gates in question.

Tayto Park opens

Where were we before Tayto Park? It feels like it hasn't been around that long, but it actually first opened its gates in 2010.


What other country would you get a theme park based around the mascot for a crisp company? Peak Ireland.

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