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Happy picture, sad picture - A year of highs and lows in the GAA

For every victor, there must be a vanquished foe.

Cheerful pictures

Plenty of teams had a lot to celebrate this year and so here are some of our favourite joyful images:

UCC’s Conor Cox and David Culhane celebrate winning the Sigerson Cup

Source: Presseye/Russell Pritchard/INPHO

Waterford IT’s Eoin Murphy celebrates with the cup

Source: Presseye/Declan Roughan/INPHO

PS Chorca Dhuibhne’s Seán Ó Bambaire, manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice and Brian Ó Raoil celebrate winning the Hogan Cup

Source: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Colaiste Choilm Ballincollig players celebrate with the Paddy Drummond Cup

Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

The St.Kieran’s College team celebrate with the Croke Cup

Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

A Dublin supporter takes a selfie with the players after they won the All-Ireland U21 football championship

Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Tony Kelly and Colm Galvin of Clare after winning the U21 hurling title

Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

John Miskella of Ballincollig after finally winning a Cork senior football title

Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Diarmuid Connolly and Mossy Quinn celebrate the former’s goal in the All-Ireland club final

Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Portaferry’s Ciaran Coulter celebrates with team mentor Joe Kelly after winning the Ulster club title

Source: Presseye/John McIwaine/INPHO

Jackie Tyrell celebrates Kilkenny’s All-Ireland final win

Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Barry John Keane celebrates winning Sam Maguire

Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Tearful pictures

For every victor though, there must be a vanquished and the pain of losing can clearly be etched on the faces of these players.

Sile O’Callaghan dejected at the final whistle of the All-Ireland senior club final

Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Shane Curran walks off the field for the final time as a player

Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Donaghmore-Ashbourne’s Bryan Menton feels the pain of losing a county final

Source: Tommy Grealy/INPHO

Cratloe’s Conor Ryan in tears as his side lose out in the Munster club SHC final

Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

A dejected Sinead Aherne of Dublin after they lost the All-Ireland ladies senior football final to Cork

Source: Tommy Grealy/INPHO

Donegal manager Jim McGuinness with his captain Michael Murphy at the end of the All-Ireland final

Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Alan Brogan after Dublin crashed out to Donegal in the All-Ireland semi-final

Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Aidan O’Shea feels the pain of defeat to Kerry at the same stage

Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Wexford’s Lee Chin after his county was knocked out by Limerick

Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Richie Hogan consoles Wayne McNamara after the All-Ireland SHC semi-final

Source: Tommy Grealy/INPHO

Tipperary’s Shane McGrath is inconsolable after the All-Ireland final replay

Source: Lorraine O'Sullivan/INPHO

Padraic Maher sums up the feeling of all those from Tipperary after the game

Source: Lorraine O'Sullivan/INPHO

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