Belfast Telegraph's most-read stories 2015: Celtic sea gods, new Edward Snowden, Giant Russian dogs and Guy Martin
Millions of people flocked to the Belfast Telegraph's website from across the world over the past 12 months.
Here is our top 10 most popular stories for 2015:
The story of a new loyalist terror group was the 10th most popular for the year.
Two pictures were issued to the media showing three masked men in paramilitary style clothing sitting at a table to announce that the group considered the PSNI and Parades Commission as "legitimate targets" in the wake of attacks on the PUL community.
Read the full story: New loyalist terror group issues death threat to PSNI and Parades Commission
Following his dramatic crash at the Ulster Grand Prix, Guy Martin's recovery was the ninth most popular story.
Martin lost control of his Tyco BMW at Dundrod during a high-speed duel with Bruce Anstey.
Read the full story: Guy Martin having back surgery after crash
German supermarket chain Edeka's emotional Christmas advert came in at number eight.
It told the story of a lonely elderly man's desperate attempts to bring his family together.
Read the full story: German supermarket Edeka’s emotional Christmas ad goes viral
The novel idea of selling crisp sandwiches in Belfast proved such a hit, the cafe sold out of snacks within two hours of opening.
Simply Crispy's savoury story made it to number seven on our most popular.
Read the full story: Crisp sandwich shop sells out
The fatal shooting of ex-IRA leader Gerard 'Jock' Davison was the sixth most read story of the year.
His killing sparked political ramifications which went right to the very heart of Stormont.
Read the full story: Former IRA leader Gerard 'Jock' Davison shot dead
A woman who was jailed after making a false accusation of rape was the fifth most read story of the year.
Read the full story: Woman who cried rape is jailed for nine months
A video of rats running amok in a Belfast coffee shop caused a stir.
Claire Williamson's story and the shocking video made it to number four on our most popular stories.
Read the full story: Shocking video of rats running amok in Caffe Nero
At number three in the year's most popular was a story from 2014 by Linda Stewart about dogs bred for hunting in Russia going on sale in Northern Ireland.
The caucasian shepherd dogs, can reach as much as 12 stone in weight.
Read the full story: Caucasian shepherd dogs bred for hunting Russian bears go on sale
Leaked documents appeared to undermine the claims by American intelligence that drone strikes were precise.
Gary Fennelly's story about a whistleblower, labelled the "new Edward Snowden", who leaked documents on US drone killings, made number two in the year's most popular.
Read the full story: New Edward Snowden? Whistleblower leaks documents on US drone killings
And top of the pops was Donna Deeney's story in January of the theft of a Celtic sea god from a Northern Ireland mountain top.
Christian fundamentalists were believed to be behind the theft of the statue above Limavady.
Read the full story: Christian extremists steal statue of Celtic sea god
Belfast Telegraph's top 20 most-read for 2015
- 1 - Christian extremists steal statue of Celtic sea god
- 2 - New Edward Snowden? Whistleblower leaks documents on US drone killings
- 3 - Caucasian shepherd dogs bred for hunting Russian bears go on sale
- 4 - Shocking video of rats running amok in Caffe Nero
- 5 - Woman who cried rape is jailed for nine months
- 6 - Former IRA leader Gerard 'Jock' Davison shot dead
- 7 - Crisp sandwich shop sells out
- 8 - German supermarket Edeka’s emotional Christmas ad goes viral
- 9 - Guy Martin having back surgery after crash
- 10 - New loyalist terror group issues death threat to PSNI and Parades Commission
- 11 - 'Frostbit boy' goes viral after his hilarious take on TV weather report
- 12 - First photo of Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey - as the actor reveals he was in his pyjamas when he landed kinky Fifty Shades role
- 13 - Restaurant owner quits 'backward' Belfast for Ibiza
- 14 - Palestinians protect Israeli policewoman as Jewish settlers clash with farm workers
- 15 - Revealed: The best and worst places to live in Northern Ireland
- 16 - Michaella McCollum allowed to serve rest of Peru jail sentence for drugs smuggling in Northern Ireland
- 17 - Susan Anne White wants gay people jailed, adultery made illegal and rock bands outlawed... now she wants your vote
- 18 - IMF data shows Iceland's economy recovered after it imprisoned bankers and let banks go bust - instead of bailing them out
- 19 - Belfast residents fear whole street could go up when massive bonfire is ignited
- 20 - Young mum Margaretlee hung on to babygro of her miracle daughter as her own life ebbed away
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