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A perfect ten for Cody and the King - Kilkenny's 2014 sporting highlights

Warning: GAA features heavily.

But what about [insert your county here]? Don’t worry, we’ll be producing a series of articles that will cover every county in Ireland – even yours – over the next few weeks. See the ones we’ve already covered here.

1. Clare Grace won bronze at the European Women’s Boxing Championships in Bucharest — the first Irish woman not named Katie Taylor to medal at the championships

Clare Grace Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

2. Ciara Everard won the 800m title at the National Indoor Championships and went on to represent Ireland at the World Indoors in Poland

Ciara Everard Source: Adam Jastrzebowski/INPHO

3. Michael Hutchinson shared the €20,000 first prize with team-mate Billy Twomey in the Puissance at the Dublin Horse Show

Michael Hutchinson on Acorad 3 clears the wall to come joint 1st Source: Clive O'Donohoe/INPHO

4. David Morris caused a massive shock when he dumped out world champion Mark Selby in the second round of the UK Championship

Snooker - 2014 Coral UK Championship - Day Five - Barbican Centre Source: Anna Gowthorpe

5. Unsurprisingly though, it was all about GAA – Rower Instioge won the All-Ireland intermediate title back in February

Rower Inistioge players celebrate with the cup at the end of the game Source: Tommy Grealy/INPHO

6. Eoin Murphy captained Waterford IT to the Fitzgibbon Cup title

Eoin Murphy celebrates with the trophy Source: Presseye/Declan Roughan/INPHO

7. Ballyhale Shamrocks and Mullinavat made it a senior/intermediate double in the 2014 Leinster club hurling championships

Ballyhale Shamrocks players celebrate with the cup Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

8. At county level, the senior ladies were crowned Division 1 camogie champs

KilkennyÕs players celebrate after the game Source: James Crombie/INPHO

9. Both the senior and intermediate teams made it to the All-Ireland camogie finals in Croke Park before falling at the final hurdle

Katie Power dejected Katie Power

A dejected Sarah Ann Quinlan and Lydia Fitzpatrick 14/9/2014 Sarah Ann Quinlan and Lydia Fitzpatrick Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

10. There were better days for the minor hurlers as they won their first All-Ireland title since 2010

John Walsh celebrate at the final whistle John Walsh, right, was man of the match with 2-5 from play Source: James Crombie/INPHO

11. At senior level, Brian Cody’s side proved they were still a force by winning the league in the spring

TJ Reid celebrates scoring a penalty TJ Reid Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

12. They regained their Leinster title – the 13th provincial championship of Cody’s reign …

Lester Ryan celebrates with trophy Captain Lester Ryan Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

13. … and carried the momentum all the way through to September where they beat Tipperary at the second time of asking for All-Ireland title number 35

Jackie Tyrell celebrates in front of the Hill at the end of the game Jackie Tyrell celebrates in front of the Hill Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

14. It was a perfect 10 for the legendary Cody and King Henry Shefflin

Brian Cody and Henry Shefflin celebrates after the game Brian Cody and Henry Shefflin celebrate Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Henry Shefflin places a hat on his sons Henry head The King places a hat on his son Henry's head Source: James Crombie/INPHO

15. Six of the team earned Allstars, including a remarkable seventh nod for man-mountain JJ Delaney (below)

Paul Murphy, Cillian Buckley, TJ Reid and Colin Fennelly were also recognised while Richie Hogan was named Hurler of the Year

JJ Delaney pulls up with cramp ahead of the celebrations Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

16. When all was said and done, the Cats celebrated the careers of five great servants on their retirement: David Herity, Tommy Walsh, Brian Hogan, Aidan ‘Taggy’ Fogarty and JJ Delaney

David Herity Herity Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Tommy Walsh Walsh Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Brian Hogan Ê Hogan Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Aidan Fogarty celebrates with the Liam McCarthy cup Fogarty Source: James Crombie/INPHO

JJ Delaney Delaney Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

17. Any excuse to watch JJ’s hook on Seamus Callinan again really…

Source: Paddy O'Paddy/YouTube

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