The top sporting tweets of 2013
Brian O'Driscoll, Rory McIlroy and Joe Brolly feature as we look at the top sporting tweets of 2013.
While the Irish public was struggling to comprehend the fact that the Leinster man was not only left out of the Lions team for the third and decisive Test in Australia, but also the squad, the player himself was dignified in his efforts to encourage his team-mates.
@BrianODriscoll Obviously totally gutted at being left out for deciding Test but all efforts go into preparing the boys to see it through. #seaofred
The RTE pundit has been a late entrant into the world of Twitter, but as you would expect, he has not held back with his opinions. Not only has he demonstrated an ability to upset most counties at some stage or another, he has also shown no shortage of humour, making this prediction prior to the All-Ireland Final
@JoeBrolly1993 If Mayo win the All Ireland this year it will be a bigger party than the fall of the Berlin Wall
John W. Henry
Liverpool owner John W. Henry gives Arsenal's £40,000,001 bid for wantaway striker Luis Suarez particularly short shrift. The Uruguayan was keen to join a Champions League team in the summer but Arsenal failed to prise him away from Anfield with the offer they believed triggered a release clause in his contract.
@John_W_Henry - "What do you think they're smoking over there at Emirates?"
Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood
Both Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood lost their temper on Twitter when coming under fire from journalists and the public, with the Northern Irishman seeing red when television pundit Jay Townsend criticised his long-serving caddy JP Fitzgerald. Westwood, meanwhile, stayed up all night responding to fans mocking his poor showing at the USPGA Championship. At his most angry the former world number one described his Twitter foes as "girly boy trolls" and "saddoes".
@McIlroyRory - "Shut up. You're a commentator and a failed golfer. Your opinion means nothing!"
@WestwoodLee - "I love slagging people back. Had enough of sitting there taking it. Bring it on!"
Former England captain Will Carling gives his two pennies' worth on Leigh Halfpenny's performances for the British and Irish Lions during the successful summer tour of Australia.
@willcarling - "Personally think Halfpenny should be promoted to a 'Fullpenny' now :-) #whataplayer #Lions"
The dust had just about settled on Centre Court at Wimbledon when new champion Andy Murray took to Twitter to express his disbelief over what had just unfolded. Not only did the Scot make history by becoming the first British male to win a singles title at SW19 in 77 years, but his victory over Novak Djokovic was rivalled only by the royal baby's arrival for most mentions on social networks in 2013.
@andy_murray - "Can't believe what's just happened!!!!!!!"
Never one to shy away from controversy, especially through his new preferred medium of communication, Joey Barton met his match when starting a Twitter war of words with Paris St Germain defender Thiago Silva. The Liverpudlian first took exception to the Brazilian during a Ligue 1 match - Barton spent a year on loan at Marseille - but his comments about the PSG man irked French authorities, who hit him with a two-match ban.
@Joey7Barton - "Have to take back what I said about Thiago Silva being over-rated today. Been immense tonight. Still looks like an overweight ladyboy though!
"Two questions for Thiago Silva. Firstly, Why are YOU talking about ME, in your press conference before PSG v Barca? Very strange.
"Secondly, Are you Pre-Op or Post-Op?"
In August Rob Heffernan claimed gold in the 50km World Championship in Moscow with a stunning performance to put to bed any disappointment lingering from agonisingly missing out on a medal in the London Olympics.
A proud day for the Heffernans and Irish athletics.
@RM_Heffernan Very proud to be an Irish man tonight. Hope everybody at home felt the same. Thanks again so much to everybody for all their message's