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highs and lows In a year where all (alpha)bets were off, Deirdre Reynolds compiles her A to Z of 2020


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Lightweight champion of the world Katie Taylor

Lightweight champion of the world Katie Taylor

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Lightweight champion of the world Katie Taylor

In a year where all (alpha)bets were off, here’s my A to Z of 2020:

A is for 'Athleisurewear' - the official WFH uniform - and, no actually, it's not just a tracksuit.

B is for 'B******s' - Ryan Tubridy's brilliant accidental summation of the year on RTÉ's most blubberworthy Late Late Toy Show to date.

C is for 'Connery', Sean Connery - whose death in his sleep at 90 surrounded by his family in the Bahamas is just about the one thing we can't pin on this cursed calendar year.

D is for 'DIY' - or what the Government urged Irish singles to do instead of, er, super-spreading the virus among strangers.

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Paul Mescal as Connell

Paul Mescal as Connell

Paul Mescal as Connell

E is for 'Ehh' - the pause filler that propelled Paul Mescal to superstardom as emotionally unavailable Connell Waldron in Normal People.

F is for 'Fraud' - y'know, that thing President Donald Trump produced precisely zero evidence of after losing to US President-elect Joe Biden bigly.

G is for 'Golfgate' - proof that some men just don't have the tiny, white balls to admit they were in the wrong.

H is for 'He/Him' - Juno star Elliott Page's pronouns after coming out as transgender.

I is for 'Idiot' - what suspended Sky News anchor Kay Burley branded herself after flouting Covid restrictions like Miriam O'Callaghan, Bryan Dobson, Rita Ora, Dominic Cummings..

J is for 'Joe' - as in, Exotic, the bemulleted star of Netflix's most binged show of the year.

K is for 'Karen' - the meme that's made it practically impossible for a vaguely middle-aged white woman to moan about anything (and I'm going to need to speak to the manager about that).

L is for 'Love handles' - as everyone (except Adele, of course) piled on the Quarantine 15 and then some.

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Exotic Joe won best mullet

Exotic Joe won best mullet

Exotic Joe won best mullet

M is for 'Mass hoppers' - who were accused of giving priests performance anxiety by posting bad reviews of online masses.

N is for 'Nubian' - the Shelbourne's Egyptian princesses and their slave girls who were reinstated after a race row.

O is for 'Oirish' - which is presumably the accent Wild Mountain Thyme stars Jamie Dornan and Emily Blunt were going for in the trailer for the most hotly anticipated 'fillum' of the new year.

P is for 'People Power' - as Black Lives Matters protests took to streets worldwide, Right Said Fred weren't too sexy for an anti-lockdown march in London and Harvey Weinstein Zimmer-ed off to prison in New York.

Q is for 'Quarantini' - or pretty much any excuse for home-schooling parents to guzzle gin.

R is for 'Royal Highness' - the title stripped from Harry and Meghan after they walked away from the House of Windsor.

S is for 'Síoda' - Miggeldy's cuddly best pal, who waddled over the rainbow bridge, and is there any hope that we could still #FindFungie?

T is for 'TikTok' - the last refuge of dad dancing after thousands of big white weddings were cancelled.

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Baby Yoda stole our hearts

Baby Yoda stole our hearts

Baby Yoda stole our hearts

U is for 'Undisputed' - left hook legend Katie Taylor's status as lightweight champion of the world.

V is for 'Vaccine' - which Covid survivor Boris Johnson is tipped to take on live television, and is, coincidentally, just a little prick.

W is for 'Woodies' - were they sponsoring Claire Byrne's shed, or what?

X is for 'X Æ A-12' - the name Tesla tycoon Elon Musk and singer Grimes gave their first child together after discoveringX Æ A-11 was taken.

Y is for 'Yoda' - specifically, Baby Yoda, following the success of The Mandalorian on Disney+.

Z is for '#Zoomfail' - the virtual flubs ranging from flashing to #potatoboss while working from home all year.

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