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Thursday 27 April 2017

In pictures: 27 sporting moments that made you proud to be Irish in 2016

Ger Keville

Ger Keville

It was a year of many sporting highs and we were there to bring you all the action as it happened. Here are 27 memorable moments from 2016.

Robbie Brady celebrates with his family after his goal against Italy at Euro 2016

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The O'Donovan brothers won Olympic silver - and the hearts of the nation - in Rio

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Jennifer Malone consoles Waterford's Pauric Mahony after the All Ireland hurling semi-final

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James McClean scores the winner against Austria as Ireland finished 2016 on top of their World Cup qualifying group

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Irish players form a figure of eight in memory of the late, great Anthony Foley before historic win over the All Blacks

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Ireland celebrate their first-ever win against New Zealand in Soldier Field

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Four years after heartache in London, Annalise Murphy is an Olympic silver medallist

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Jason Smyth romps home to win Paralympic gold in the 100m

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Michael Conlan stands up against poor judging in Rio

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Ireland's three-time major winner Padraig Harrington was back to winning ways in Portugal

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Ciara Mageean literally crawled over the line to finish her race in the European Cross Country Championships

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Thomas Barr won his Olympic 100m hurdle semi-final before finishing in fourth place in the final

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A pic for the ages - Peter O'Mahony celebrates beating Australia

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Paddy Barnes proudly carried the tri-colour at the Olympics

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Magnificent Dundalk upset all the odds in Europe this year - including beating Maccabi in the Europa Cup group stages

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Who can forget the brilliant spectacle that was Laochra, to celebrate 1916,  in Croke Park

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Watch out 2017 - Jason Quigley rounded off 2016 with his 12th consecutive professional win

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The year of Conor McGregor - two-weight UFC champion

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Rory McIlroy - 2016 Irish Open champion

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Katie Taylor ended a tough year with two comprehensive professional wins

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David Mullins celebrates winning the Aintree Grand National on Rule The World

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The sons of the late Munster Rugby head coach Anthony Foley, Tony and Dan, along with Munster players, from left, Ronan O'Mahony, Rory Scannell, and CJ Stander, sing 'Stand Up and Fight'

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After years of uncertainty around their future, John Muldoon and the Connacht side taste victory by lifting the Pro12 trophy

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Jonny Cooper and his dad Brendan share an emotional moment after the All Ireland final

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All Ireland final day was an incredible one for the McGrath family with brothers Noel and John starring in the victory over Kilkenny and younger brother Brian captaining Tipperary to a 20th All-Ireland minor title

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Mutual respect - Lee Keegan congratulates Diarmuid Conolly after the All Ireland final

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Carl Frampton who in 2016 unified super bantamweight world titles before moving up a division to win the WBA world featherweight title

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