With one last look back as we begin 2012, here is a run down of some of the most memorable and crazy quotes of 2011.
1. Charlie Sheen during his downward spiral:
On his natural high: "I am on a drug. It's called Charlie Sheen. It's not available. If you try it once, you will die. Your face will melt off and your children will weep over your exploded body." ("20/20.")
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2. Barack Obama on his ancestor Falmouth Kearney leaving Offaly in search of the American Dream:
“It's the dream that Falmouth Kearney was attracted to when he went to America. It's the dream that drew my own father to America from a small village in Africa. It's a dream that we've carried forward, sometimes through stormy waters, sometimes at great cost, for more than two centuries. And for my own sake, I'm grateful they made those journeys because if they hadn't you'd be listening to somebody else speak right now.”
3. Queen Elizabeth in her speech at Dublin Castle:
“To all those who have suffered as a consequence of our troubled past I extend my sincere thoughts and deep sympathy. With the benefit of historical hindsight we can all see things which we would wish had been done differently or not at all.”
4. Revealed in the Jackie Onassis Kennedy tapes this year, her impression of the Irish:
“There seems to be all these Irish-- they always seem to have a persecution thing about them” she said.
5. Damian McGinty on winning ‘The Glee Project’; he told IrishCentral.com:
“This doesn’t happen to people from Ireland, especially from Derry, it just doesn’t happen. To get to be on the biggest TV show in America is just a dream come true.”
6. In his inaugural speech, Michael D Higgins, the ninth President of Ireland, called on the Irish Diaspora to aid the country’s recovery:
“I invite all of the Irish, wherever they may be across the world, to become involved with us in that task of remaking our economy and society.”
7. Bono on finding the sound of his own voice annoying:
“'I do try to avoid it. If I hear our songs on the radio I tend to turn them down. Not because I don’t like them or believe in them. Actually, my voice annoys me. I always think I could have sang it better.”
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8. Rory McIlroy on winning the U.S. Open:
“The whole week has been incredible - I could not have asked for any more and I am so happy to hold this trophy.
“For such a small nation to win two US Opens in a row is pretty special. As Graeme said last year, there will be a lot of pints of Guinness going down.”
9. Former Naas Mayor Darren Scully on his decision to no longer represent black constituents:
"After a while I made a decision that I was just not going to take on representations from black Africans, that I would be very courteous to them and I would pass on their query to other public representatives who would take their concerns."