Feel Good Factor

19 of the most heartwarming moments in the GAA in 2014

Kieran Donaghy consoling Michael Murphy, support for Jamie Wall and Henry Shefflin celebrates the All-Ireland with his son.

1. Kieran Donaghy consoles a devastated Michael Murphy after the All-Ireland final

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2. Podge Collins celebrates Cratloe’s county senior football title win with his granny Annette

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3. Eoghan O’Gara celebrates the Leinster final win with his daughter Ella

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4. The Calry-St Joseph’s team visited the grave of ex team-mate Gary Dillon after winning the Sligo intermediate football title

5. The Kelly brothers toast a Cork senior final win 20 years after their father won an intermediate title

6. Declan O’Sullivan gets to savour his last All Ireland final victory with his son Ollie

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7. Keith Hogan’s reaction to having had to mark his brother Brian in a Kilkenny club championship game

8. Ciaran Sheehan’s mother Liz flew from Cork to Melbourne to be there for his AFL debut with Carlton

9. Henry Shefflin with his son Henry as they bask in the glow of another Kilkenny All-Ireland final triumph

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10. Kerry senior Barry John Keane and minor Cormac Coffey keep their promise to Donal Walsh after All-Ireland final wins

11. The standing ovation for Eddie Connolly, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour last year, when he came on for Loughmore-Castleiney in October’s Tipp county semi-final

Eddie Connolly 18/11/2007 File photo of Eddie Connolly James Crombie / INPHO James Crombie / INPHO / INPHO

12. The huge levels of support when Cork GAA player Jamie Wall spoke out about his spinal injury

Positive messages poured in for Wall after he spoke out about the freak accident he endured.

Cathal Noonan / INPHO Cathal Noonan / INPHO / INPHO

13. €10,000 was raised in a charity game for an All-Ireland winner who retired after battling throat cancer

The story of Roscommon’s Cian Smith provoked an outpouring of goodwill.

Cian Smith Cian Smith at his testimonial in Boyle.

Cian Smith 2 Cian Smith with his brothers Enda and Donie.

14. Aidan O’Mahony’s boots netted €28,000 for a special needs facility in Killarney

O’Mahony gave his boots to Diarmuid De Bhillis – an 11 year old boy from Killarney with special needs – while the Kerry players did their lap of honour after beating Donegal in September. They were subsequently raffled.

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15. Anto Finnegan was supported when the Ulster Allstars took on Dublin to raise awareness for MND

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16. Referee Shane Hourigan was remembered at the GAA referees awards

Shane died in a road traffic accident in Limerick last January

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17. Jamie Brogan tried to cheer up his dad Alan after Dublin’s loss to Donegal

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18. Cork GAA stars paid tribute to All-Ireland winning manager Canon Michael O’Brien after he passed away

19. Austin Stacks fans brightened up the GAA club season with their colour and singing

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