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83 of our favourite Irish sports pics of 2016

We remember the past 12 months with some of the year’s defining images.

Updated at 11.38

1. Paddy Barnes at the IABA Multi-Nations Training Camp, Irish Institute of Sport, National Sports Campus, Abbotstown

Paddy Barnes Source: Gary Carr/INPHO

2. Darren Clarke Ryder Cup Captain

Darren Clarke Ryder Cup Captain Source: James Crombie/INPHO

3. Connacht’s captain John Muldoon celebrates with Eric Elwood

John Muldoon celebrates with Eric Elwood Source: James Crombie/INPHO

4. Munster’s Francis Saili and Nick Williams of Ulster pray at the final whistle of their Pro12 encounter

Francis Saili and Nick Williams pray at the final whistle Source: James Crombie/INPHO

5. Supporters are reflected in flood waters in front of the main stand at the Bord na Mona O’Byrne Cup Round 1 between Wexford and Dublin

Supporters are reflected in flood waters in front of the main stand Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

6. Presentation College students supporting their school at the Munster Schools Junior Cup 1st Round match against St. Clements College

Presentation College students supporting their school Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

7. Munster’s Francis Saili scores his side’s second try

Francis Saili scores his sides second try Source: James Crombie/INPHO

8. Castletroy’s Stephen Atkinson and Conor Myers tackle Derry Gleeson of St Clement’s in the Munster Senior Cup Quarter-Final

Stephen Atkinson and Conor Myers tackle Derry Gleeson Source: James Crombie/INPHO

9. Will Connors of Ireland tackled by Harrison Keddie of Wales in the U20 Six Nations Championship match

Will Connors tackled by Harrison Keddie Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

10. France’ scrum general view against Ireland in the 6 Nations Championship Round 2, Stade de France

France’ scrum general view Source: Inpho/Billy Stickland

11. Eoghan Rua and Glemore players battle for the ball in the All Ireland Junior Club Championship Final

Eoghan Rua and Glemore players battle for the ball Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

12. Ruby Walsh celebrates winning the Stan James Champion Hurdle on Annie Power

Ruby Walsh celebrates winning the Stan James Champion Hurdle on Annie Power Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

13. Linfield’s Paul Smyth celebrates scoring

Paul Smyth celebrates scoring Source: Presseye/William Cherry/INPHO

14. Roscommon’s Niall McInerney and Sean McDermott with Alan Dillon of Mayo in the Allianz Football League Division 1 match, Dr Hyde Park

Niall McInerney and Sean McDermott with Alan Dillon Source: James Crombie/INPHO

15. Colm Cooper and the Kerry team before the start of an Allianz Football League Division 1 match against Cork

Colm Cooper Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

16. Jack McGrath pictured at St. Mary’s College C.S.Sp, Rathmines, Dublin 6 for the launch of the IRFU’s Tackle Your Feelings initiative

Jack McGrath Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

17. Kerry’s Brian Kelly makes a save

Brian Kelly makes a save Source: Colm O'Neill/INPHO

18. Mark Walsh steers Quantitaveeasing over Ruby’s Double for the final time to win The FBD Cross Country Steeplechase for the La Touche Cup

Mark Walsh steers Quantitaveeasing over Ruby's Double for the final time to win Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

19. Shannon Russell pictured at the Irish Open Swimming Championships in the National Aquatic Centre

Shannon Russell Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

20. Ireland’s Shane Ryan at the LEN European Swimming Championships

Shane Ryan Source: Andrea Staccioli/INPHO

21. 3-year-old Anna Crombie rides her bike as the An Post Rás passes through Rahugh

3 year old Anna Crombie rides her bike as the An Post Rás passes through Rahugh Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

22. Connacht’s John Muldoon celebrates with the fans

John Muldoon celebrates with the fans Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

23. Ireland’s Paddy Jackson celebrates after the South Africa match with Devin Toner

Paddy Jackson celebrates after the match with Devin Toner Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

24. Ireland Rugby Players Visit A Lion Park, Johannesburg, South Africa

Ultan Dillane Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

25. Irish fans play football in the Grand Place in Lille

Irish fans play football in the Grand Place Source: James Crombie/INPHO

26. Ireland’s Robbie Brady celebrates with his girlfriend Kerrie Harris and supporters after the Italy game

Robbie Brady celebrates with his girlfriend Kerrie Harris and supporters after the game Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

27. Ireland manager Martin O’Neill celebrates at the final whistle against Italy

Martin O'Neill celebrates at the final whistle Source: James Crombie/INPHO

28. Assistant manager Roy Keane at the Republic of Ireland Press Conference in Stade de Montbauron, Versaille

Roy Keane Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

29. Ireland’s Ashleigh Baxter with chen Keyi and Yang Min of China at the Women’s Sevens Rugby Global Olympic Qualifying Tournament

Ashleigh Baxter with chen Keyi and Yang Min Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

30. Galway’s Finian Hanley with his daughter Freya (5 months) after the Connacht GAA Senior Football Championship Final Replay

Finian Hanley with his daughter Freya Source: James Crombie/INPHO

31. Irish Olympic diver Oliver Dingley

Oliver Dingley Source: James Crombie/INPHO

32. Triathlete Aileen Reid

Aileen Reid Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

33. Rowers Paul O’Donovan, Sanita Puspure, Claire Lambe, Sinead Jennings and Gary O’Donovan

Paul O'Donovan, Sanita Puspure, Claire Lambe, Sinead Jennings and Gary O'Donovan Source: James Crombie/INPHO

34. Westmeath’s Kevin Maguire with Seamus O’Shea of Mayo in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers Round 4B

Kevin Maguire with Seamus O'Shea Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

35. Waterford’s Maurice Shanahan reacts towards Shane Prendergast of Kilkenny after scoring a point in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final, Croke Park

Maurice Shanahan reacts towards Shane Prendergast Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

36. Ireland’s Nicholas Quinn on his way to winning at Rio 2016 at the Men’s 200m Breaststroke Heats

Nicholas Quinn on his way to winning Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

37. Ireland’s Steven Donnelly in action against Tuvshinbat Byambyn of Mongolia at Rio 2016

Steven Donnelly in action against Tuvshinbat Byambyn Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

38. Ireland’s Gary and Paul O’Donovan celebrate winning silver medals at the Olympics

Gary and Paul O'Donovan celebrate winning silver medals Source: James Crombie/INPHO

39. Shamrock’s Robert Cornwall with Raffaele Cretaro of Sligo during an Airtricity League Premier Division match at the Showgrounds

Robert Cornwall with Raffaele Cretaro Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

40. Ireland’s Katie Taylor dejected after losing her fight at the 2016 Olympics

Katie Taylor dejected after losing her fight Source: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

41. Connacht’s Bundee Aki

Bundee Aki Source: James Crombie/INPHO

42. Ireland’s Michael Conlan following his defeat to Vladimir Nikitin of Russia at the Olympics

Michael Conlan following his defeat to Vladimir Nikitin

43. Ireland’s Annalise Murphy celebrates receiving her silver medal

Annalise Murphy celebrates receiving her silver medal Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

44. Ireland’s Thomas Barr during his race

Thomas Barr Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

45. OCI President Pat Hickey Escorted From Hospital in Sao Paulo

Pat Hickey is escorted from hospital Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

46. Ireland’s Natalya Coyle after finishing 7th at the Rio Olympics

Natalya Coyle after finishing 7th Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

47. Shamrock Rovers player Aaron Dobbs

Aaron Dobbs Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

48. Ireland’s Paul O’Donovan celebrates winning gold at the World Rowing Championships in Rotterdam

Paul O'Donovan celebrates winning gold Source: Herman Dingler/INPHO

49. Stephen Cluxton and David Byrne of Dublin fail to stop Paul Geaney of Kerry scoring a goal

Stephen Cluxton and David Byrne fail to stop Paul Geaney scoring a goal Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

50. Tipperary players celebrate at the end of the All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship Final

Tipperary players celebrate at the end of the game Source: James Crombie/INPHO

51. Northern Ireland’s Kyle Lafferty attempts an overhead kick

Kyle Lafferty attempts an overhead kick Source: Presseye/Brian Little/INPHO

52. Teresa Meaney (Carlow) pictured ahead of the All-Ireland Premier Junior Championship Final

Teresa Meaney Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

53. Competitors gather for the start if the Women’s category 1 race at Pulse Port Beach Sprint Triathlon, Port Beach, County Louth

Competitors gather for the start if the Women's category 1 race Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

54. Mayo’s Andy Moran with his daughter Charlotte at the end of the game in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final Replay

Andy Moran Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

55. Dublin’s Denis Bastick’s son Aidan in the Sam Maguire after the game

Denis Bastick sons Aidan in the Sam Maguire after the game Source: James Crombie/INPHO

56. Philip McMahon and the other Dublin players celebrate with the Sam Maguire cup

Philip McMahon Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

57. Ballymun’s Carl Connolly with Paddy Andrews of St Brigids during the Dublin Senior Club Football Championship Round 2

Carl Connolly with Paddy Andrews Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

58. Bugle preparing the pack at the Red Bull Foxhunt at the Rostrevor, County Down

Bugle preparing the pack at the Red Bull Foxhunt Source: Red Bull/Sebastian Marko/INPHO

59. A view of Thomond Park as the two teams stand for a minute’s silence in memory of Anthony Foley

A view of Thomond Park as the two teams stand for a minutes silence in memory of Anthony Foley Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

60. Dundalk’s Stephen O’Donnell celebrates winning the SSE Airtricity League trophy

Stephen O'Donnell celebrates winning the SSE Airtricity League trophy Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

61. A view of the Dublin Marathon as runners make there way down Fitzwilliam Street Upper

A view of the Dublin Marathon as runners make there way down Fitzwilliam Street Upper Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

62. Ireland’s Rob Heffernan is presented with the 2012 London Olympic Men’s 50km Race Walk Bronze Medal at City Hall in Cork

Rob Heffernan

63. Ireland team face the Haka in a shape of eight in memory of Anthony Foley

Ireland team face the Haka in a shape of eight in memory of Anthony Foley of Munster Source: INPHO/Billy Stickland

64. Ireland’s Conor Murray celebrates Robbie Henshaw’s try against New Zealand

Conor Murray celebrates Robbie Henshaw's try Source: INPHO/Billy Stickland

65. Paddy Barnes defeats Stefan Slachev after he was disqualified for lifting him

Paddy Barnes defeats Stefan Slachev after he was disqualified for lifting him Source: Presseye/William Cherry/INPHO

66. Ireland’s James McClean celebrates scoring the opening goal of the game against Austria

James McClean celebrates scoring the opening goal of the game Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

67. Conor McGregor celebrates winning at UFC 205

Conor McGregor celebrates winning Source: Tom Hogan/INPHO

68. Katie Taylor celebrates her win against Karina Kopinska

Katie Taylor celebrates her win Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

69. Johnstownbridge’s Chloe Doyle, Natasha Farrell, Aine O’Neill, Erin McEvoy, Laura Newman, Sally Morrin and Leanne Holton celebrate after the AIB All-Ireland Junior Club Camogie Championship Final

Chloe Doyle, Natasha Farrell, Aine O'Neill, Erin McEvoy, Laura Newman, Sally Morrin and Leanne Holton celebrate after the game Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

70. Campeador ridden by Barry Geraghty falls at the last as Sir Scorpion ridden by Mark Walsh collide with them at the  Fairyhouse Racecourse, Co. Meath

Campeador ridden by Barry Geraghty falls at the last as Sir Scorpion ridden by Mark Walsh collide with them Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

71. Former Mr World, Enda Wright at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin

Enda Wright Source: James Crombie/INPHO

72. Tipperary players and fans perform the Icelandic Soccer clap

Tipperary players and fans perform the Icelandic Soccer clap Source: James Crombie/INPHO

73. Ireland’s Alex Wright at the Olympics in Rio

Ireland's Alex Wright at the Olympics in Rio 13/12/2016

74. Ireland’s Arthur Lanigan O’Keeffe with his friends after the race in the Olympics

Arthur Lanigan O'Keeffe with his friends after the race Source: James Crombie/INPHO

75. Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea walks away from Hill 16 after the All-Ireland SFC final replay

Aidan O’Shea walks away from Hill 16 after the game Source: James Crombie/INPHO

76. Tipperary’s Padraic Maher celebrates with Michael Cahill following the All-Ireland SHC final

Padraic Maher celebrates after the game with Michael Cahill Source: James Crombie/INPHO

77. Fans in France during Euro 2016

Fans in Paris during the Euro soccer championships Source: James Crombie/INPHO

78. Ireland’s Paula Fitzpatrick against England at the Women’s Six Nations Championship Round 3

Paula Fitzpatrick Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

79. Ruby Walsh falls from Valseur Lido at the last fence whilst leading the race in The Irish Gold Cup

Ruby Walsh falls from Valseur Lido at the last fence Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

80. Tipperary manager Liam Kearns celebrates with Evan Comerford after the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers Round 4A against Derry

Tipperary manager Liam Kearns celebrates with Evan Comerford Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

81. Boston College’s William Harris with Qua Searcy of Georgia Tech at the Aer Lingus College Football Classic, Aviva Stadium

William Harris with Qua Searcy Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

82. Irish hockey player Paul Gleghorne

Paul Gleghorne Source: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

83. Ireland’s Jason Smyth takes gold in the Men’s 100m T13 Final

2016 Rio Paralympic Games - Day Two Source: PA Wire/PA Images

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