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Five-alive-oh: Dublin players celebrate with the Sam Maguire

Five-alive-oh: Dublin players celebrate with the Sam Maguire

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20th December 2017; Brian Fenton collecting the Irish Independent Team of the Year 2017 award on behalf of the Dublin footballers

20th December 2017; Brian Fenton collecting the Irish Independent Team of the Year 2017 award on behalf of the Dublin footballers

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Five-alive-oh: Dublin players celebrate with the Sam Maguire

DUBLIN MEN’S SENIOR FOOTBALLERS

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Five-alive-oh: Dublin players celebrate with the Sam Maguire

Five-alive-oh: Dublin players celebrate with the Sam Maguire

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Five-alive-oh: Dublin players celebrate with the Sam Maguire

Dublin went where Kerry could not in 1982 when they claimed a fifth consecutive All-Ireland crown against the Kingdom in September’s historic victory. Dean Rock missed his chance to seal the deal, kicking a last-gasp free wide in the drawn final, which was tied at 1-16 a piece. However, Jim Gavin’s men would march into the record books without needing to score a free in their 1-18 to 0-15 replay triumph.

DUBLIN LADIES’ SENIOR FOOTBALLERS

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Dublin players celebrate following the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Senior Championship Final match between Dublin and Galway at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Dublin players celebrate following the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Senior Championship Final match between Dublin and Galway at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

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Dublin players celebrate following the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Senior Championship Final match between Dublin and Galway at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

The capital’s ladies footballers made history by completing an All-Ireland hat-trick on the same weekend which saw the men’s momentous five-in-a-row. Sinéad Goldrick and Hannah O’Neill goals, added to Lyndsey Davey’s imperious performance, helped secure a 2-3 to 0-4 win over Galway and paved the way for the Dubs’ double in Croke Park.

IRELAND WOMEN’S HOCKEY TEAM

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Ireland players celebrate after qualifying for the Tokyo2020 Olympic Games

Ireland players celebrate after qualifying for the Tokyo2020 Olympic Games

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Ireland players celebrate after qualifying for the Tokyo2020 Olympic Games

On the back of their 2018 World Cup final appearance, Ireland’s women made more waves by qualifying for their first Olympics in November. Ayeisha McFerran added to her place in hockey folklore when making three vital saves in a penalty shoot-out, which they won 4-3, in the qualifier against Canada to secure their ticket to Tokyo.

DUNDALK FC

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Dundalk captain Brian Gartland, right, and Patrick Hoban celebrate with the SSE Airtricity League trophy following the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Dundalk and St Patrick's Athletic at Oriel Park in Dundalk, Co Louth. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Dundalk captain Brian Gartland, right, and Patrick Hoban celebrate with the SSE Airtricity League trophy following the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Dundalk and St Patrick's Athletic at Oriel Park in Dundalk, Co Louth. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

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Dundalk captain Brian Gartland, right, and Patrick Hoban celebrate with the SSE Airtricity League trophy following the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Dundalk and St Patrick's Athletic at Oriel Park in Dundalk, Co Louth. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Vinny Perth continued where former boss Stephen Kenny left off by retaining the Lilywhites’ League of Ireland title, despite falling 14 points behind Shamrock Rovers in April. The County Louth outfit also added the EA Sports Cup, President’s Cup and Unite the Union Cup to their silverware collection this season.

GALWAY CAMOGIE

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Ailish O’Reilly, 15, and Niamh Hanniffy run towards the Galway supporters with the O’Duffy Cup at Croke Park yesterday. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Ailish O’Reilly, 15, and Niamh Hanniffy run towards the Galway supporters with the O’Duffy Cup at Croke Park yesterday. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

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Ailish O’Reilly, 15, and Niamh Hanniffy run towards the Galway supporters with the O’Duffy Cup at Croke Park yesterday. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

The Tribeswomen claimed their third All-Ireland title, and first since 2013, with their 3-14 to 0-17 final victory over Kilkenny this year. Niamh Kilkenny, who scored four points herself, played a pivotal part in this triumph, helping fend off the Cats' second-half rally and setting up two of the goals which led Galway to dreamland.

TEAM TIGER ROLL

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Trainer Gordon Elliott and owner Michael O'Leary with Tiger Roll after winning the Aintree Grand National last April

Trainer Gordon Elliott and owner Michael O'Leary with Tiger Roll after winning the Aintree Grand National last April

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Trainer Gordon Elliott and owner Michael O'Leary with Tiger Roll after winning the Aintree Grand National last April

The significance of Tiger Roll’s Grand National triumph was laid bare in the emotion etched across the faces of trainer Gordon Elliott and jockey Davy Russell as the nine-year-old crossed the finish line at Aintree in April. Tiger Roll succeeded where so many failed by becoming the first back-to-back winner since Red Rum in 1974, and did so as the shortest-priced Grand National-winning favourite in a century.

TIPPERARY HURLERS

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James Barry, left, and Noel McGrath of Tipperary celebrate All-Ireland win over Kilkenny

James Barry, left, and Noel McGrath of Tipperary celebrate All-Ireland win over Kilkenny

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James Barry, left, and Noel McGrath of Tipperary celebrate All-Ireland win over Kilkenny

Seven weeks from the depths of Munster final despair, where they suffered a 12-point defeat to Limerick, Liam Sheedy led his side to a 3-25 to 0-20 triumph over 14-man Kilkenny. Niall O'Meara's first-half goal gave the Premier County the winning momentum and by the time John 'Bubbles' O'Dwyer struck the back of the net after the break, Liam MacCarthy was on its way to Tipperary.

IRELAND U-20s

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Team Ireland celebrate with the cup after winning the U20 Six Nations Championship. Photo:  Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Team Ireland celebrate with the cup after winning the U20 Six Nations Championship. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

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Team Ireland celebrate with the cup after winning the U20 Six Nations Championship. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

For just the second time in this country's history, the Ireland U-20s swept all before them to be crowned Six Nations winners. The future of Irish rugby seems bright as Noel McNamara's charges dominated the competition with Leinster fly-half Harry Byrne the tournament’s top scorer (36 points) and Connacht's Dylan Tierney-Martin top try scorer (four).

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