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Clubs fly high in both codes and Lowry's success - Offaly's 2014 sporting highlights

From the county Championship to the Open Championship and beyond.

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. There was that Hurling Championship win over Antrim

That was a good day out (just a shame the Faithful faced Kilkenny and Tipp in their other Championship fixtures).

Conor McKinley with Conor Mahon Source: Presseye/William Cherry/INPHO

2. It was another big year for Kilcormac Killoughey

The club won their third consecutive county title.

Kilcormac/Killoughey players run out for their warm up Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

3. KK produced a dramatic finish to overcome Raharney in the Leinster quarter-final

Trailing in the last five minutes, they hit 1-4 without reply, Dan Currams’ goal acting as the cherry on the cake.

Dan Currams 7/6/2014 Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

4. Rhode thrashed Navan O’Mahony’s and Moorefield in the Leinster football championship

Paul McPadden fails to score tackled by Tom Corley and Liam Callaghan This Paul McPadden effort didn't make the net though. Source: Lorraine O'Sullivan/INPHO

5. There was a Leinster final appearance too

Unfortunately, there was only a runners-up medal in store.

Ken Garry bravely saves from the oncoming Shane Carthy Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

6. Shane Lowry underlined his status in the big time, coming in third at The Open Championship

British Open Golf Source: Alastair Grant

7. The Clara man earned a cool €1,7 million on the European Tour this year

Golf - 2014 BMW PGA Championship - Day Four - Wentworth Golf Club Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images

8. And he’s already got started on his 2015 figure

Great beard too.

Golf - 2014 Volvo World Match Play Championship - Day Three - London Golf Club Source: John Walton

9. Walsh Island’s Niamh Kavanagh was among Ireland’s heroic women’s rugby squad at the World Cup

There’s Kavanagh on the right.

Siobhan Fleming, Alison Miller, Fiona Hayes, Gillian Bourke, Niamh Briggs, Heather O'Brien, Laura Guest and Niamh Kavanagh Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

10. Only King Henry stopped Kilcormac-Killoughy in the Leinster club hurling final

Kevin Grogan and Henry Shefflin Source: James Crombie/INPHO

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