This year’s Independent.ie Most Read articles feature a wide range of topics. From your favorite properties to look at, to celebrity news and everything in between. Tragedies that touched the nation resonated strongly with readers as we recalled the lives of Aisling Murphy, Jack de Bromhead and the victims of the Creeslough blast. Here are our most read articles of 2022.
‘I paid stupid money to rent an absolute kip’ – meet the student who turned an old shop into a €775,000 home near UCD
Architecture student Stephen Kelly was so fed up with overpriced junk student accommodation when he first started at UCD that he took out a mortgage in 2014 and bought a former newsagent to live in.
Catriona Carey loses her family home after defaulting on her mortgage for 10 years
In November, former Irish ice hockey player Catriona Carey lost her family home after failing to pay her mortgage payments for nearly a decade. Carey is understood to have been vacating the house for the past few weeks.
Life is made for living” – in former RTÉ presenter Mary Kennedy’s €850,000 home as she prepares for her downsize
As part of her new work-life balance, Mary Kennedy decided to sell her 20-year-old home in Coolamber Park, Knocklyon, to downsize into a smaller home in the area. “I love the house and everyone loves it,” she said. “But it’s very big and I don’t need that much space anymore, so I’m downsizing.”
Jack de Bromhead’s funeral: ‘Life will never be the same without Jack’ – sisters pay moving tribute to their ‘handsome brother’
In September, Jack de Bromhead, 13, died after falling from a pony while riding at the Glenbeigh Festival in Co Kerry. To the outside world he was a keen horseman and son of trainer Henry de Bromhead. To his family he was “Jacksie” – their adorable, cheeky, “one of a kind child”. The boy who would never go to bed without saying faithfully, “Night mom, night dad, love you.”
‘He could see my name tag clearly’: Red Cow Hotel pays waiter €12,500 after GM repeatedly calls him ‘Chico’
The Red Cow Hotel was ordered to pay a waiter €12,500 in compensation in February after the hotel’s general manager called him “Chico” during a hectic Christmas period. Filipe Ongaro filed two complaints against the Red Cow Moran Hotel, Dublin, under the Employment Equality Act over the incident on 5 December 2020.
“Ashling was our youngest, a little angel. Our rock solid parents pay tribute to the “beautiful, talented” girl
Ashling Murphy’s death shook the nation in January this year. The Offaly teacher’s family spoke bravely of a special girl, a little angel and her rock as they tried to cope with the devastation of her sudden and unexplained death. “She was just a special girl. She’s the youngest, a little angel,” her father Raymond said tearfully.
Gerry Ryan House back on the market – but the asking price has changed dramatically
The luxurious Clontarf home of Morah Ryan, wife of the late RTE presenter Gerry Ryan, returned to the market in February with an asking price of €1.595 million after being pulled from the market in the middle of last year. The Quintuple on Castle Avenue in Clontarf originally launched in 2020 for €2million. It was originally the home of Gerry and Morah and their children Lottie, Rex, Bonnie, Elliott and Babs.
Tallaght stabbings: Gardaí release images of tragic twins, 8, and an older sister who died in an attack at their home
Twins Christy and Chelsea Cawley, aged 8, and their older sister Lisa Cash, 18, died just after midnight this September after the frenzied attack on their home on the Rossfield estate. Andy Cash has been charged with the murder of his two sisters and brother in Tallaght and is being held in custody.
‘Our Worst Fears’ – heartbreak as teenage girl named as first victim of Donegal blast
The Creeslough tragedy brought the country to a standstill in October. When the explosion happened at the Applegreen petrol station in the village of Donegal, a little girl went to buy a birthday cake with her father, another bought an ice cream, a mother and her son got to the post office – it could have been a normal day in the life of one of every village, except that there was none. The ten who died in the blast were later named as Leona Harper, 14, Robert Garwe, 50, Shauna Flanagan Garwe, five, Jessica Gallagher, 24, and James O’Flaherty, 48, Martina Martin, 49, Hugh Kelly, 59, Catherine O’Donnell, 39, her 13-year-old son James Monaghan and Martin McGill, 49. The first victim of the blast in Donegal was young Leona Harper.
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