There are have been some moments of individual brilliance in Irish sport thus year. Choose your favourite from 16 of the best sporting plays of 2017 below.
1: Fayonagh's performance in the Cheltenham Champion Bumper
A bittersweet moment. The mare came from the clouds to win the Cheltenham Champion Bumper under Jamie Codd. She looked destined to back up her heroics over hurdles this season but tragically died in an accident on Gordon Elliott's gallops.
Jamie Codd celebrates a double as Fayonagh goes from last to first to become just the second mare to win the Champion Bumper #TheFestival pic.twitter.com/Y6TAtZRaol— CheltenhamRacecourse (@CheltenhamRaces) March 15, 2017
2: James McClean goal v Wales
Ireland went into the final game of their World Cup qualifying group against Wales in Cardiff needing a win and James McClean delivered the vital goal after Jeff Hendrick's tenacity had created the opportunity.
James McClean with an absolutely crucial strike for the Republic of Ireland vs Wales!— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) October 9, 2017
3: Jack Kennedy's miraculous recovery
Kerry teenager Jack Kennedy produced a moment of sheer genius and nerve aboard Robin Des Mana earlier this month. He was shot out of the saddle at the third fence but somehow managed to keep the partnership together and they went on to win.
Absolutely unbelievable! @jackkennedy15 @ClonmelR pic.twitter.com/lCuA0YXAac— At The Races (@AtTheRaces) December 7, 2017
4: Joe Canning's winning point against Tipperary
It was the third successive Galway-Tipperary semi-final to be decided by a point and what a point it was. Under the shadow of the Cusack Stand and acting purely on instinct, the Portumna man split the uprights.
This was the crucial moment from yesterday's All-Ireland Hurling Semi-Final - look back at Joe Canning's late point in this GAANOW clip! pic.twitter.com/Epdt8f4nFl— The GAA (@officialgaa) August 7, 2017
5: Con O'Callaghan goal v Tyrone
How was this man not in the running for the sports personality of the year? Seven trophies across both codes and simply amazing performances throughout 2017. His goal against Tyrone was a joy to behold.
This was the crucial first half score as @DubGAAOfficial went on to beat @TyroneGAALive - watch Con O'Callaghan's goal via GAANOW! #DUBvTYR pic.twitter.com/AECi8GN42H— The GAA (@officialgaa) August 27, 2017
6: Paul Dunne's chip to win British Masters
The Bray golfer ends 2017 at 76 in the world rankings. The highlight of his season was his first European Tour victory at the British Masters and he sealed the deal in style.
The moment Paul Dunne chipped in at the 18th to win the British Masters.— BetBright (@BetBright) October 1, 2017
7: Sean O'Brien try vs All Blacks
The Tullow Tank finished off one of the greatest Lions tries of al time in the first test. Although the Lions lost the game it was a watershed moment for the tourists.
Full TRY of Sean O'Brien and Liam Williams!! WHAT A TRY @trecet!!#Lions #NewZealand vs. #AllBlacks #LionsNZ2017 #AllForOne #NZLvBIL pic.twitter.com/7U1mfVvnGI— Observador asombrado (@Txetxu001) June 24, 2017
8: Daniel Flynn point vs Dublin
The former AFL export enjoyed a fine season with Kildare and earned an All Star nomination. The highlight of his summer was a stunning point in the Leinster final against Dublin.
Daniel Flynn with a sensational point for Kildare - catch all the highlights on @TheSundayGame, tonight on @RTE2 at 9:30pm pic.twitter.com/emal1Cyom6— The Sunday Game (@TheSundayGame) July 16, 2017
9: Con O'Callaghan goal vs Mayo
Con O'Callaghan appears for a second time in our selections. His solo goal at the beginning of the All-Ireland final was a beauty.
GOAL! Con O'Callaghan continued his good form for @DubGAAOfficial yesterday by scoring this goal early on in the All-Ireland Football Final pic.twitter.com/4aT1t3bMwT— The GAA (@officialgaa) September 18, 2017
10: Ronan O'Neill chip goal for Tyrone in Ulster final
The game may have been done and dusted at the time but Ronan O'Neill cheeky chip in the Ulster final was still one of the highlights of the GAA year.
GOAL! Great finish here from @TyroneGAA forward Ronan O'Neill in yesterday's @UlsterGAA Football Final against @OfficialDownGAA pic.twitter.com/tZHnxmG7vU— The GAA (@officialgaa) July 17, 2017
11. Conan Byrne goal for St Pats
The St Patrick's Athletic midfielder left us gasping for breath in March with an amazing goal from well inside his own half during the Saints 4-0 win over Bohemians at Dalymount Park.
You asked for it, so here's Conan Byrne's absolute cracker for St Pat's. Watch full highlights on Soccer Republic on Monday #soccrepublic pic.twitter.com/A20QyRjVVz— RTÉ Sport (@RTEsport) March 31, 2017
12. David Clarke triple save against Dublin
It was certainly a night to forget for Mayo as they were pummeled by the Dubs at Croke Park in the National League. Clarke escaped with some credit for an unbelievable triple save.
David Clarke's treble save against Dublin the the league last March. Mayo got trashed that day #AllIrelandFinal pic.twitter.com/WZFSjkrkfM— Gavin O Callaghan (@gavinocal) September 17, 2017
13. Sean Powter goal v Mayo
The wing-back was included in Ireland's International Rules squad on the back of his summer performances. His goal in the Rebels narrow qualifier defeat to Mayo was a piece of brilliance.
WATCH:— eir Sport (@eirSport) July 22, 2017
Goal Cork. Cracking finish from Sean Powter to give Cork hope. Mayo lead by two with 8 minutes remaining. #GAAClips pic.twitter.com/aEe3i2v0kf
14. Gary Ringrose try v Clermont
Garry Ringrose scored a try for the ages from inside his own half as Leinster fell agonisingly short of a victory over Clermont in Lyon in their Champions Cup quarter-final.
15. Gearoid McInerney hit on Padraic Maher
Padraic Maher's hit on Joe Canning in 2016 was a turning point in the 2016 semi-final but he was on the receiving end in August when McInerney levelled him with a shoulder.
16. Paul O'Donovan retains his world gold
Olympic silver medallist Paul O’Donovan retained his World lightweight single sculls title in Florida with a truly dominant display. His competitors were only ever racing for silver.