2008 THE YEAR IN PICTURES
DAWNING OF THE DAY – Allergan employees, fearful for the future of 350 jobs, meet in the Arklow Bay Hotel in January. The plant is expected to close by June, 2009.
HOT ROD - Arklow Fire Brigade on a training exercise with their new CAFS appliance. A normal two-car fire could use 800 litres of water and take up to fifteen minutes to extinguish. With CAFS 52 litres of foam were used and the fire was put out in a matter of seconds.
HALLOWE’EN HORROR - Vet Tommy Heffernan cares for Sparkles the cat after its ear was cruelly blown off by a banger in Arklow during Hallowe’en. Sadly, because of the massive injuries sustained, the cat was put down in December.
AIRLIFT – The fuselage of the Piper Cherokee light aircraft that crashed on Church Mountain, Co Wicklow, killing the four occupants, is lifted from the site by Army Air Corps helicopter.
CAUGHT IN A GAP – Local residents come to the rescue of stranded tourist in the Luggala, Glencree and Laragh areas of the Sally Gap in the Wicklow Mountains. A number of tour buses were stranded with their passengers when they were caught in a blizzard in November.
CAUGHT ON CAMERA – CCTV captures disturbing images as a Centra employee in Tinahely is held at knife-point during a vicious armed robbery. INSET - One of the raiders with a knife in his hand.
YES MAN - Minister of State for European Affairs Dick Roche looks on in the Wicklow Count centre during the Lisbon Treaty vote.
LITTLE BUG - VW Beetle and classic car collector Des Burton in Aughrim.
SNAKE IN THE GRASS - A man returned home to find this snake on his mother’s door step, unsure what to do he called on his next door neighbour and Bray secondary school teacher Paul Murphy. The Snake is believed to be a Milk snake from the American continent and has yet to be claimed.
MADAME BUTTERFLY - Pensioner Maureen O’Reilly with her new tattoo, which she got to raise funds for her grand nephew, who suffered serious injuries when he was electrocuted while playing with friends.
WET WEDDING - Peter Moore and Hazel Lawlor were determined not to let the flooding at the Meeting of the Waters ruin their wedding day.
FEBRUARY MADE ME SHIVER - Winds and waves batter the coastline.
WAITING... An elderly lady waits anxiously for the tides and floods to arrive in Arklow.
CLOSE CALL - The driver of this Opel Vectra, involved in a two-car collision on the R747, inspects the damage after a crash barrier entered the driver’s door and went all the way into the boot of his car.
HEAVY BURDEN - Pilgrims from Bray make the annual Good Friday walk from the Sacred Heart Church to the top of Bray Head.
SPRUCE UP - Nestled in the Wicklow Hills, the monastic site of St. Kevin’s is given a clean up and overhaul including a thorough ‘weeding ‘of the round tower.
WALKING THE DOG - John Sherwood brings his dog Tiny 2 for a walk through the streets of Arklow.
A driver climbs from his jeep as Webb’s river outside Arklow bursts its banks in August.
JACK FROST - Frosty fields around Aughrim in late November.
SHIPPING NEWS - Shipwright Peter Byrne and fitter Jimmy Brauders with a piece of the original rail of the Asgard II on the slipway in Arklow where the ship was built and launched in 1981 by Charlie Haughey.
MOLLY DEAR - John Timmins and Molly enjoy a brief moment of fine weather.
POLES APART - The ESB work on a solution to removing poles from the middle of the Gael Cholaiste na Mara after high-profile media coverage.
WHAT A RESULT - Sean Harty collects his Leaving Certificate results.
LEFT HOLDING THE BABY - A Garda ensures the safety of a baby and hands the child back to its mother at Castlepark car park in Arklow where Travellers had illegally set up camp.
MAKING HAY WHILE THE SUN SHINES - Tom Kinsella and his granddaughter Hannah Taylor make hay the old-fashioned way at Ballyduff.
LOCKED OUT - A Group 4 employee waits patiently after being locked out of his security van due to ‘technical difficulties’ in the village of Coolgreany.
ON YER BIKE - The Tour of Ireland passes the Yellow Bridge in Aughrim.
THE LAST OF THE IRISH ROVER - The remains of Dubliner Ronnie Drew in the Holy Rosary Church, Greystones. INSET - Shane McGowan attends the funeral.
LET IT SNOW - Caroline Smith looks at the October snow fall in Rathdangan.
A Shillelagh player lies in pain after breaking his leg during a GAA match. The ambulance service came in for severe criticism after it took almost an hour for them to reach the pitch.
SURFING BRITTAS BAY - Competitors in the Nipper Board race during the National Surf Lifesaving Championships in Brittas Bay.
SHIP TO SHORE – David Kealy with Jack and Patrick O’Neill, waving goodbye to the lifeboat as it leaves its station to return to port after the Annual Lions Club Charity Swim.
JUMPING THROUGH HOOPS - St. Michael’s GNS teachers Helena Dempsey, Kathleen O’Neill, Nicole Linton and Sadie Biddulph in training for a parachute jump.
BUSY AS BEES – A swarm of honey bees lay claim to a flower bed in a domestic residence in Cherryfield.
MAY DAY - Millie Lawton behind the wheel of a Ford Model T Van at the Wicklow Vintage Club’s May Bank Holiday Charity Rally.
WRECKING BALL – Linda Gahan and her five-year-old daughter Chloe wait for their house to be demolished. Local authorities failed to grant retention after finding out that a number of houses had been built without permission.
Two people are pulled from the water at Kilmichael point by the RNLI after their speed boat sank in September.