Ahead of Fair City's 4000th episode, here are 23 storylines that gripped the country

The Fair City cast gather to celebrate the milestone on set
The Fair City cast gather to celebrate the milestone on set

As Fair City celebrates its 4000th episode, we look back at the storylines that got the nation talking.

It's come a long way since its debut in 1989. In the early days Fair City was filmed in Drumcondra and the series focused on just four households: The O’Hanlons, The Kellys, The Clarkes, and The Corcorans.

For the past 27 years Fair City has kept the nation entertained tackling many topical and sometimes controversial storylines previously unseen on Irish television and attracts audience numbers of 421,000 four times a week.

On Wednesday, the much-loved soap celebrates its 4000th episode and viewers can expect nail-biting drama throughout the week in Carrigstown when the Bishops and Brennan clans go head-to-head.

Speaking about the 4000th episode, Brigie DeCourcy, Executive Producer of Fair City said, “What an incredible achievement.  4000 episodes equates to 2,000 hours of drama and is testament to the cast, crew, writers, directors and storytellers, past and present, for creating so many remarkable and memorable moments over the 27 years. 

"We’ve witnessed some fantastic storylines in Carrigstown since it took to the air waves in 1989 and believe me when I say there’s still plenty more to come.”

The storylines that got the nation talking:

1. 1996 - Eoghan and Liam have the first gay kiss on Irish television.

2. 1998 - Lorraine Molloy is raped by Dr Jack Shanahan, who later dies by suicide.

3. 1998 - Kay McCoy begins a relationship with Catholic priest Malachy Costello, who leaves the priesthood to marry Kay.

4. 1998 - Helen Doyle dies in a car accident.

5. 2001 - Kay McCoy decides to abort her pregnancy despite Malachy's wishes, for fear the child would be born severely disabled.

6. 2001 - Drug addiction, prostitution and murder feature heavily in the storyline involcing Billy Meehan, his wife Carol Meehan and his mistress Tracey. Billy is then murdered by Carols son Lorcan.

7. 2002 - Yvonne develops schizophrenia which leds to her taking a drug overdose and a failed suicide attempt.

8. 2002 - Tess Halpin is viciously murdered by her husband Marty after years of domestic abuse.

9. 2003 - Teenage pregnancy – Kira Cassidy and Mondo have a baby girl Juliet.

10. 2004 - Sorcha Furlong has an illicit affair with Ross O’Rourke

11. 2005 - Baby Jessica Molloy takes a fatal over dose of ecstasy and in a fit of rage and grief Harry Molloy kills Ross O’Rourke.

12. 2007- Leo Dowlings wife, Lana, goes missing

13. 2008 - Heather Lyons has an incestuous relationship with her half brother, Floyd.

14. 2008 - Brendan (Heather’s husband) helps Floyd die after he’s diagnosed with cancer.

15. 2010 - Yvonne Doyle has an affair with her best friend, Connie Boylan, gets pregnant by Paul Brennan and gives birth during a commitment ceremony to Connie.

16. 2010 - Damien Halpin suffers from domestic abuse by his wife, Suzanne Halpin.

17. 2011- Esther Roche reveals that she had a son who suffers from Thalidomide – David - who arrives in Carrigstown and has an affair and a baby with Suzanne.

18. 2013 - Rita Doyle dies.

19. 2013 - Domestic violence storyline with Vivienne Bishop, and the murder of Paddy Bishop

20. 2013 - Yvonne Doyle is raped by Martin Baxter, a man she meets on the internet.

21. 2014 - Mentally ill Tommy Dillon starts a campaign of terror towards his ex-wife, Judith. He ends up shooting Bob and is sent to an institution.

22. 2015 – Heather Lyons returns to Carrigstown with a score to settle and ends up poisoning her daughter Ellie in a storyline featuring Munchausen syndrome by proxy.

23. 2016 – Carol Foley’s father Trigger Foley arrives back in Carrigstown forcing Carol to reveal the dark secret from her past.

Via Independent.ie