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2011 in Pictures: from Rihanna's naked Ulster romp to Obama visit

September 2011: A topless Rihanna romps through a field of winter wheat in Northern Ireland
September 2011: A topless Rihanna romps through a field of wheat in Northern Ireland
Januray 2011: Funeral of Michaela McAreavey who was murdered while on her honeymoon in Mauritius. The daughter of Tyrone Senior GAA football team Mickey Harte was found dead in her bathtub at the four-star Legends Hotel.
January 2011: Mickey Harte (centre), is comforted at the family home outside Ballygawley in Co Tyrone after making a statement following the murder of his daughter Michaela
Guitar hero Gary Moore died in February 2011
White smokes rise from still burning house in Yamadamachi in Iwate Prefecture (state), northern Japan, Saturday, March 12, 2011, one day after a strong earthquake-triggered devastating tsunami hit the area
A man looks over tsunami-drifted debris and mud filling rice paddies in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, Saturday morning, March 12, 2011 after Japan's biggest recorded earthquake slammed into its eastern coast
Houses are in flames while the Natori river is flooded over the surrounding area by tsunami tidal waves in Natori city, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan, March 11, 2011, after strong earthquakes hit the area
Girls from the Parents and Students of Irish Dancing and Music Association practice before the start of the 250th annual St. Patrick's Day parade March 17, 2011 in New York City.
St Patrick's Day in Belfast city centre 2011
Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton, who has been given the title of The Duchess of Cambridge, kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, London, following their wedding at Westminster Abbey.
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: In this handout image provided by Crown Copyright, An RAF flypast comprising of two Tornado GR4s from 41 (R) Squadron, RAF Coningsby and two Typhoons from 6 Squadron, RAF Leuchars following a Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster from the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) (not pictured) fly towards Buckingham Palace after Prince William and Princess Catherine greeted well-wishers from the balcony at Buckingham Palace on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by SAC Neil Chapman/Mandatory Credit MOD/Crown Copyright via Getty Images) This image may be used for current news purposes only. It may not be used, reproduced or transmitted for any other purpose or replicated for commercial gain without first obtaining a copyright licence from the MoD Crown Copyright Unit.
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leave Westminster Abbey following their marriage ceremony, on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of Prince William, the second in line to the British throne, to Catherine Middleton is being held in London today. The Archbishop of Canterbury conducted the service which was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding and street parties are being held throughout the UK. (Photo by Suzanne Plunkett-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince William drives himself and his wife Kate as they leave Buckingham Palace for Clarence House. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29 2011. Photo credit should read: Chris Ison/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Maid of Honour Pippa Middleton with pageboys and bridemaids is greeted by The Very Reverend Dr John Hall (L), Dean of Westminster as they arrive to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
2011 Deep River Rock Belfast City Marathon 2011 - 2nd May
DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 17: Queen Elizabeth II and President Mary McAleese lay a wreaths at the Garden of Remembrance on May 17, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland. The Duke and Queen's visit is the first by a monarch since 1911. An unprecedented security operation is taking place with much of the centre of Dublin turning into a car free zone. Republican dissident groups have made it clear they are intent on disrupting proceedings. (Photo by Irish Government - Pool/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 17: Police and protesters clash in the streets adjacent to the Garden on Remembrance where Queen Elizabeth II laid a wreath on May 17, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland. The Duke and Queen's visit is the first by a monarch since 1911. An unprecedented security operation is taking place with much of the centre of Dublin turning into a car free zone. Republican dissident groups have made it clear they are intent on disrupting proceedings. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh Cashel, Co.Tipperary.
The Queen and President Mary McAleese arrive for a State Dinner at Dublin Castle, on May 18, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with members of the national security team, receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House, May 1, 2011
A man who said he was dressed as "Captain America," cheers early Monday, May 2, 20111, across the street from the White House in Washington, as people gather to cheer the United States after it was announced that Osama bin Laden has been killed. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Assembly election May 2011: Fred Cobain election poster. Taken on the Doagh Road, Newtownabbey. Submitted by reader Bill Corr
Obama in Moneygall for a swift pint and a walkabout to meet the villagers
DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 23: US President Barack Obama speaks at a rally in College Green on May 23, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland. U.S. President Obama is visiting Ireland for one day. Earlier he met with Irish President Mary McAleese, Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland Enda Kenny and visited his ancestral home in Moneygall, County Offaly. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama meet members of the public in College Green, Dublin
US President Barack Obama drinks Guinness beer as they meet with local residents at Ollie Hayes pub in Moneygall, Ireland, the ancestral homeland of his great-great-great grandfather, Monday, May 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
President Barack Obama, left, holds and swings a hurling stick as Ireland's Taoiseach Enda Kenny looks on.
12th of July Celebrations in Belfast city centre. Members of various Orange Orders marched yesterday for the 2011 celebrations
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th July 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com - Good weather continues across. People enjoy the sun on the east strand in Portrush.
Botanic Gardens in Belfast, Eve Scullion aged 4 enjoying an ice-cream in the weather, Summer 2011
Flashback to Summer 2011 in Belfast Jenny Wilson from Bannbridge and Miranda Garrett from America, relax in the warm sunshine in Coleraine. Summer 2011
Sarah Docherty gets stripped off to soak up the sun in the grounds of Belfast City Hall. Summer 2011
The 21st Gay Pride Parade in Belfast City. July 2011
The 21st Gay Pride Parade in Belfast City. July 2011
Medics and emergency workers escort an injured person from a camp site on the island of Utoya, Norway Saturday July 23, 2011. A Norwegian dressed as a police officer gunned down at least 84 people at an island retreat, police said Saturday. Investigators are still searching the surrounding waters, where people fled the attack, which followed an explosion in nearby Oslo that killed seven. (AP Photo/Morten Edvardsen/Scanpix) NORWAY OUT
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09: A man returns to his home viewed through a broken window in a neighbouring flat in Hackney on August 9, 2011 in London, England. Emergency services have been cleaning up after a third night of rioting in and around London and other areas of England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
CROYDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09: Fire officers damp down smouldering buildings on London Road on August 9, 2011 in Croydon, England. Emergency services have been cleaning up after a third night of rioting in and around London and other areas of England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
A fire-fighter walks past a burning property near Reeves Corner, Croydon
Risque Rihanna adjusts herself during a photoshoot in the Northern Ireland countryside
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26 September 2011 -International singer Rihanna pictutred this afternoon at a field near Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland where she was recording a video for one of her new songs.Mandatory credit:Picture by Stephen Hamilton/ Presseye.com
A topless Rihanna romps through a field of winter wheat in Northern Ireland
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26 September 2011 -International singer Rihanna pictutred this afternoon at a field near Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland where she was recording a video for one of her new songs.Mandatory credit:Picture by Stephen Hamilton/ Presseye.com
Hunky Dorys 2011 ad campaign uses scantily clad women playing GAA
Hunky Dorys 2011 ad campaign uses scantily clad women playing GAA
Hunky Dorys 2011 ad campaign uses scantily clad women playing GAA
Hunky Dorys 2011 ad campaign uses scantily clad women playing GAA
Hunky Dorys 2011 ad campaign uses scantily clad women playing GAA
Fans enjoy the atmosphere during the match between Ireland and Italy at Dunedin Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Dunedin
An iPhone displays an image of Steve Jobs as it sits with a memorial to the Apple founder and former CEO outside an Apple Store, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011 in New York
Many areas of Tyrone were under water during October as this picture, near Fintona, captured.
Lady Gaga performs onstage during the 2011 MTV Europe Music Awards at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast
Chris Martin of Coldplay performs at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2010 live show at at the Odyssey Arena on November 6
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol performs live for the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at City Hall on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Singer Lady Gaga onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2010 live show at at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Singer Lady Gaga receives the award for Best Female from actor David Hasselhoff onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2010 live show at at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Singer Justin Bieber with awards attends the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Danny Martindale/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Brian May of Queen performs onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 live show at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 05: Singer Justin Bieber fans wait for him to arrive to the MTV Voices Dinner during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at the Merchant Hotel on November 5, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Michael 'Flea' Balzary of Red Hot Chili Peppers during rehearsals before their live performance for the MTV Europe Music Awards at Ulster Hall on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: LMFAO with SkyBlu (R) and Redfoo attend the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

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They said that! Famous quotes of the year 2011

From murder trials to royal visits, sporting triumphs to personal tragedies, this has been quite a year.



“I have not resigned; I have not considered resigning.”

NI Water boss Laurence MacKenzie as the fallout over the company’s poor performance during the big freeze rumbled on. He resigned the next day.

“No-one else could have played my dad the way he did. When Pete came on screen, the people who knew my dad said: ‘It’s Giuseppe’. That’s testament to his acting skills.”

Gerard Conlon on actor Pete Postlethwaite who died. Postlethwaite portrayed Conlon’s father Guiseppe in the film In The Name Of The Father.

“I’ve lost my only, beautiful daughter — that tells you everything. It has come as a tremendous shock. We are numb, heartbroken. Michaela was my only daughter, she was very precious.”

Mickey Harte after his daughter Michaela (right) was murdered while on honeymoon in Mauritius.

“Michaela was a lovely girl, a wonderful daughter, a brilliant sister for these boys and we will always treasure her. She was a beautiful girl. She couldn't be better, couldn't be nicer. God love her, we are so, so sorry. We are equally sorry for poor John her husband, whom she adored. He adored her. They did not get so long to share their lives with each other. It is such a shame. Our hearts are broken.”

A heartbroken Mickey Harte.

“To say that the news was heart-rending would be an understatement from anyone who ever had the privilege of meeting Michaela and getting even a glimmer of the wonderful human being she was.”

Micheal O Muircheartaigh, RTE commentator on Gaelic games.

“My beautiful wife, my best friend, my rock Michaela, has been taken from me and I still can't take it in. Our hopes, our dreams and our future together are gone. I am heartbroken and like Mickey, Marian, Michaela's brothers and my family, I am totally devastated. I am numbed. I love my wife, very, very much and my world revolved around her. I can't describe in words how lost I feel as Michaela is not just the light of my life — she is my life.”

Her husband John McAreavey.

“I am a father. I have a beautiful daughter of a similar age to Michaela, I love her to bits. It gives me a sense of the loss, but only a sense of the loss for the reality is so much more painful than the imagining. Personally, as DUP leader and as First Minister, I want to convey the love, support and condolences of the Assembly to the Harte and McAreavey families.”

First Minister Peter Robinson.

“The committee of 1st Shankill Northern Ireland Supporters Club held an extraordinary meeting on Friday night and it was decided that we wanted to deliver two sympathy cards, one to the Harte family and one to the McAreaveys. I was more than proud and honoured to be asked to deliver the cards. When I got there I was touched by how warmly welcomed I was into the Harte family home.”

Former loyalist paramilitary leader Winston Churchill |Rea on attending wake of Michaela McAreavey.

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