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From that Robbie Brady goal to the O'Donovan brothers: Here's the sporting year from 1-12

The Euros, the Olympics and Leicester – we have it all.

Updated at 22.54

ON THE TWELFTH day of August, my true love gave to me… a silver Olympic medal courtesy of two of Ireland’s favourite brothers.

Four Portugal draws, three Ireland goals, two Olympic medals and a one point difference in the All-Ireland final.

Sit back, grab a mince pie and enjoy our 1-12 of the sporting year.

1

Diarmuid Connolly celebrates with the Sam Maguire Source: James Crombie/INPHO

The difference between Dublin and Mayo in their replayed All-Ireland final. It was heartbreak for Mayo once again as Cillian O’Connor narrowly missed a stoppage-time free to tie the game, but the Dubs held on to win by a single point.

2

Annalise Murphy celebrates winning silver Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

The position Annalise Murphy finished in as she won Ireland’s second silver medal at the Rio Olympics. The 26-year-old Dubliner put her London 2012 heartbreak to rest as she put in an excellent performance to finish second in the women’s laser radial sailing event.

3

Robbie Brady celebrates scoring his sides first goal Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

The amount of goals Ireland scored at Euro 2016: Wes Hoolahan against Sweden, Robbie Brady’s penalty in the opening minutes against hosts France, and of course who could forget the Dubliner’s 84th-minute header against Italy?

4

Soccer Euro 2016 Portugal France Source: Martin Meissner

The amount of games Portugal drew after 90 minutes on their way to being crowned Euro 2016 champions.

The eventual winners drew their three Group F games against Iceland, Austria and Hungary. They needed extra time against Croatia in the last 16, and their quarter-final fixture with Poland couldn’t be decided even after 120 minutes, Portugal winning 5-3 on penalties.

They beat Wales 2-0 in the semi-finals but again, needed extra-time before Eder proved to be their winner in the final against hosts France.

5

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

The number of tries Ireland scored as they stunned the All Blacks with a 40-29 victory in Chicago.

Jordi Murphy, CJ Stander, Conor Murray, Simon Zebo and Robbie Henshaw all crossed the line in Soldier Field to end Ireland’s 111-year wait for a win over New Zealand.

6

Ireland squad celebrate by lifting Sue Ronan on her last game Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

The number of years Sue Ronan spent in charge of the Ireland Women’s National Team. Ronan stepped down as head coach in September after six years at the helm, and oversaw her last game which was an international friendly against the Basque Country in November.

The former international oversaw three qualifying campaigns but failed to qualify for a major tournament.

7

Britain Soccer Premier League Source: Matt Dunham

A number significant to Leicester City’s meteoric rise from the third tier of English football to Premier League champions in 2016. In 2009, the Foxes won League One; seven years later, they topped the Premier League table, 10 points clear of second-placed Arsenal.

8

Conor McGregor celebrates winning Source: Tom Hogan/INPHO

The number of minutes Conor McGregor and Eddie Alvarez spent in the Octagon during UFC205. McGregor beat the then-lightweight champion by knockout 3:04 into the second round.

McGregor made UFC history that night in New York as he became the first UFC fighter to hold two belts simultaneously.

9

Brendan Maher celebrates with the Liam McCarthy Cup Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

There was a nine-point difference between Tippereary and Kilkenny in the All-Ireland hurling final. Tipp finally broke Kilkenny’s run of dominance with a 2-29 to 2-20 win, lifting the Liam MacCarthy Cup for the first time since 2010.

10

John Muldoon lift the Guinness Pro12 Trophy Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

The amount of points Connacht beat Leinster by in their historic Pro12 final win in May. For the first time in their 121-year history, Pat Lam’s side secured a major trophy as they beat Leinster 20-10 at Murrayfield.

11

Ciara O'Sullivan raises the trophy in the air as the team celebrates Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

The incredible Cork ladies football team won their 11th All-Ireland title in 12 years in September. It was also six in-a-row for Ephie Fitzgerald’s side as he took the reins from legendary manager Eamonn Ryan. Cork also won their fourth successive league title this year.

12

Gary and Paul O'Donovan celebrate winning a silver medal Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

12th August 2016. The date that Paul and Gary O’Donovan won their silver medal in Rio. The two brothers form Skibbereen in County Cork made history as they won Ireland’s first rowing medal at the Olympic Games.

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