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Smiles and tears - 19 pictures that capture camogie and ladies football in 2016

Cork and Kilkenny claimed the big All-Ireland senior crowns in an action-packed year.

1. A third All-Ireland senior camogie title in four years for Cork’s Milford in March.

The Milford team celebrate winning Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

2. All eyes on the ball during the National camogie league final between Kilkenny and Galway.

Players compete for the sliotar Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

3. A celebratory cartwheel by Briege Corkery after Cork pick up another ladies football league crown.

Briege Corkery Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

4. Kilkenny’s Anna Farrell reaches for the sliothar ahead of Tipperary’s Nicole Walsh in July.

Anna Farrell attempts to gather the ball ahead of Nicole Walsh Source: Ken Sutton/INPHO

5. A young fan celebrates with Mayo’s Doireann Hughes after their quarter-final win over Westmeath.

Doireann Hughes celebrates with a young Mayo fan at the end of the game Source: Tom Beary/INPHO

6. Katrina Parrock supplied the late point that forced extra-time for Wexford against Cork. Yet it was Cork who ultimately advanced from August’s semi-final.

Katrina Parrock celebrates Source: Ken Sutton/INPHO

7. Ailish O’Reilly struck the dramatic goal that rescued Galway against Kilkenny. But it was Kilkenny who got the job done in extra-time to reach the final.

Ailsih O'Reilly celebrates scoring a goal Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

8. Sinead Aherne kept calm over a late free to be Dublin’s All-Ireland semi-final match-winner.

Sinead Aherne kicks the winning point Source: Lorraine O'Sullivan/INPHO

9. A tough defeat for Mayo’s Aileen Gilroy but Dublin’s Sorcha Furlong was on hand to console her.

Sorcha Furlong consoles Aileen Gilroy at the end of the game Source: Lorraine O'Sullivan/INPHO

10. All smiles for Cork’s goalscorer Orla Finn as they reach another All-Ireland final

Orla Finn poses in photographs for fans after the game Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

11. Wild jubilaton for Carlow joint captains Teresa Meaney and Marian Doyle after the All-Ireland junior camogie final.

Teresa Meaney and Marian Doyle lift the trophy Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

12. Linda Collins hit 1-5 for Cork but ended up on the losing side in the All-Ireland intermediate final. She got a helping hand after from Kilkenny’s Niamh Sweeney.

Linda Collins consoled by Niamh Sweeney Intermediate final Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

13. At last for Kilkenny, the drought was ended. After a decorated playing career Ann Downey toasted a first title in 22 years for the county, this time as manager.

Ann Downey celebrates after the game

14. Cork’s three-in-a-row dream was ended in September. Disappointment for Niamh O’Keeffe and Aoife Murray.

Aoife Murphy and Niamh Ni Chaoimh dejected at the end of the game Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

15. Eye on the ball from Longford’s Orla Noonan during the All-Ireland junior final when they came back from nine points down to win.

Orla Noonan Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

16. Kildare goalkeeper Mary Hulgraine was the hero during their All-Ireland intermediate ladies final victory.

Ciara Hickey with Mary Hulgraine Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

17. Briege Corkery and Ciara O’Sullivan got to celebrate Cork’s latest All-Ireland final win with former team-mate Valerie Mulcahy.

Valerie Mulcahy Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

18. It was a contrasting day for the Dublin ladies team as Sinead Goldrick and her team-mates fell short at the final hurdle for the third year in a row.

Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

19. All smiles for Donaghmoyne in December as they retained their All-Ireland senior ladies club title.

The Donaghmoyne team celebrate with the cup Source: Tommy Grealy/INPHO

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