Saturday 24 March 2018

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

Robbie runs to the stands to hug his girlfriend Kerrie Harris and family members after clinching the winner Photo: Arthur Carron and Inpho

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

The brothers with their Olympic silver medals Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

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

Jennifer Malone and Pauric Mahony last year

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

James McClean is growing on the international stage

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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November 6, 2016: Ireland face New Zealand's haka in a shape of eight in memory of coach Anthony Foley, who passed away unexpectantly the week before. Photo: INPHO/Billy Stickland

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

Ireland players Tadhg Furlong and Ultan Dillane celebrate victory after the International rugby match between Ireland and New Zealand at Soldier Field

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

'Murphy probably didn't get her fair share of the limelight.' Photo: PA

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

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Ireland’s Jason Smyth crosses the line to win the T13 100m final for the third time in some style at the Rio Olympic Stadium Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Michael Conlan stands up against poor judging in Rio

Michael Conlan shows his opinion of the judges' decision following his controversial Olympic bantamweight quarter-final defeat to Vladimir Nikitin of Russia Photo: Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile

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

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Padraig Harrington poses with the trophy and a bottle of beer following his victory during day four of the Portugal Masters at Victoria Clube de Golfe in Vilamoura, Portugal. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

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

An exhausted Ciara Mageean at the finishing line after the women’s senior race. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

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

Thomas Barr celebrates winning the Men's 400m Semi-Final at the Olympic Stadium. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

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

Peter O’Mahony celebrates Ireland’s win over Australia. A bit like I felt when Black Friday was over

Paddy Barnes proudly carried the tri-colour at the Olympics

ACHIEVEMENT: Paddy Barnes leads the Irish team during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio Olympic Games. Photo: Paul Gilham

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

Ciaran Kilduff, right, of Dundalk celebrates after scoring his side's first goal with team mate Robbie Benson during the UEFA Europa League Group D match between Dundalk and Maccabi Tel Aviv at Tallaght Stadium in Tallaght, Co. Dublin. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile

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

The Laochra Show after this year’s Allianz NFL finals from Sportsfile’s A Season of Sundays 2016. The GAA is a different organisation now than it was 15 years ago. Photo: Sportsfile

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

Conor McGregor celebrates with his featherweight and lightweight belts after defeating Eddie Alvarez

Rory McIlroy - 2016 Irish Open champion

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland waits to putt on the 18th green during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club

Katie Taylor ended a tough year with two comprehensive professional wins

Katie Taylor is declared the winner of her super featherweight fight with Karina Kopinska

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

David Duffy celebrates winning the Aintree Grand National on Rule The World.

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'

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'

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

After years of uncertainty around their future, John Muldoon and the Connacht side taste victory by lifting the Pro12 trophy at Murrayfield last season. ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

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

Dublin's Johnny Cooper holds the Sam Maguire cup with his father Brendan Picture: Damien Eagers

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

Tipperary's John McGrath, left, and Noel McGrath with their younger brother, Brian who was the winning minor captain, after victory over Kilkenny in the All Ireland Final at Croke Park. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 4/9/2016

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

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Lee Keegan, left, of Mayo congratulates Diarmuid Connolly of Dublin after the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final replay match between Dublin and Mayo at Croke Park

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

Carl Frampton with Shane McGuigan after defeating Santa Cruz

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