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How well do you remember these Irish sporting debuts?

Ahead of Joseph Duffy’s first UFC fight, test your knowledge of some other notable Irish debuts.

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DONEGAL LIGHTWEIGHT JOSEPH Duffy will have his first fight in the UFC this Saturday night when he takes on Jake Lindsey at UFC 185 in Dallas.

Much is expected of the 27-year-old, and he’ll be hoping for a winning start for the biggest organisation in MMA. Ahead of the fight, we’ve decided to test your knowledge of some other notable Irish debuts…

Brian O'Driscoll scored a try on his Test debut for the Lions against Australia in 2001, but who did he partner at centre?
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Will Greenwood
Scott Gibbs

Mike Catt
Rob Henderson
In his first appearance at the tournament, which golfer won the 2009 Irish Open?
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Gareth Maybin
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Shane Lowry

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Rory McIlroy
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Simon Thornton
Against which club did Roy Keane score twice during his home debut for Manchester United?
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West Ham United
Southampton

Sheffield United
Wimbledon
Who provided the opposition in Ireland's first ever game at the Cricket World Cup?
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Zimbabwe
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Pakistan

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Bangladesh
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West Indies
Who marked their senior inter-county championship debut with a man-of-the-match performance in the 2012 All-Ireland Hurling final replay?
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David Burke
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Cillian Buckley

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Walter Walsh
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Johnny Glynn
After making his Formula One debut at the 1993 Japanese Grand Prix, Eddie Irvine was famously punched in the face by which driver?
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Alain Prost
Damon Hill

Ayrton Senna
Michael Schumacher
Who scored Leinster's first ever Heineken Cup try?
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Malcolm O'Kelly
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Niall Woods

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Conor O'Shea
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Victor Costello
Conor Niland played in the main draw at Wimbledon for the first time in 2011 but lost narrowly in the first round, missing out on a Centre-Court match in round two against which player?
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Novak Djokovic
Rafael Nadal

Andy Murray
Roger Federer
Steve Staunton's reign as Republic of Ireland manager started with a 3-0 win against Sweden, but which player scored the third goal?
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Liam Miller
Clinton Morrison

Jonathan Douglas
Liam Lawrence
Barry McGuigan made his professional boxing debut in 1981 at which football ground?
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Loftus Road
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Windsor Park

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Hampden Park
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Dalymount Park
Sky Sports broadcast live coverage of a GAA match for the first time in 2014, but who were the two teams involved?
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Wexford vs. Clare
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Kilkenny vs. Offaly

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Tipperary vs. Galway
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Wexford vs. Dublin
Paul O'Connell says he has no recollection of scoring a try during his Ireland debut in 2002... against which team?
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Italy
Wales

Argentina
Scotland
Robbie Keane made his Republic of Ireland debut as a substitute against Czech Republic in 1998, but which player did he replace at half-time?
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David Connolly
Gareth Farrelly

Alan Maybury
Mark Kinsella
Conor McGregor defeated Marcus Brimage in his UFC debut, but in which city did the fight take place?
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Berlin
Boston

Las Vegas
Stockholm
Which of these players did not win the Young Footballer of the Year award in their debut season?
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Jack McCaffrey
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Mike Frank Russell

Michael Murphy
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Aaron Kernan
Answer all the questions to see your result!
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You scored out of !
Ray D'Arcy
Sport is not your area of expertise.
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You scored out of !
Vincent Browne
You're certainly not a sporting expert but at least you're trying.
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You scored out of !
George Hamilton
Your knowledge is good but you're not ready to take over from Jimmy Magee just yet.
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You scored out of !
Jimmy Magee
Your memory is good. We're impressed.
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You scored out of !
Joe Duffy
That's a disgrace, Joe.
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