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World champions and Man United debuts - Antrim's 2014 sporting highlights

It was also a very good year for Paddy Barnes, Tony McCoy and cycling enthusiasts.

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1. Paddy McNair made his United breakthrough

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Manchester United v Crystal Palace - Old Trafford Source: EMPICS Sport

2. Tony McCoy starred again in 2014

He won the Galway Handicap Hurdle

Tony McCoy Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

And the Punchestown Champion Hurdle

Tony McCoy celebrates with the trophy after winning Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

3. Anto Finnegan got a great turnout in Ravenhill

Anto Finnegan along daughter Ava after the game Source: Presseye/Brian Thompson/INPHO

4. Creggan Kickhams won the AIB All-Ireland junior hurling club title

Stephen Colgan lifts the cup Source: Presseye/John McIlwaine/INPHO

5. St Galls secured 8-in-a-row in the Antrim senior football championship

The St Gall's team celebrate winning Source: Presseye/John McIlwaine/INPHO

6. Paddy Barnes won gold at the Commonwealth Games

Paddy Barnes celebrates winning a gold medal on the podium Source: Presseye/Ian McNicol/INPHO

7. Two Antrim natives — Paddy Jackson and Luke Marshall — combined brilliantly for this memorable try

Source: PRO12 Rugby/YouTube

8. Graeme McDowell won the French Open and was part of Europe’s triumphant Ryder Cup team

Golf - 40th Ryder Cup - Day Three - Gleneagles Source: David Davies

He also did this:

Source: PGA TOUR/YouTube

And this:

Source: PGA TOUR/YouTube

9. Carl Frampton was crowned world champion on a special night in Belfast

Carl Frampton celebrates winning Source: Presseye/Kelvin Boyes/INPHO

10. The Giro d’Italia came to town

Michael Matthews leads the peloton through Armagh Source: Presseye/William Cherry/INPHO

11. Norman Parke made waves in the UFC

UFC Fight Night - Dublin Source: Brian Lawless

12. And Methodist College won the Ulster Schools Senior Cup

Michael Lagan lifts the cup Source: Presseye/Darren Kidd/INPHO

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