30 Of The Best Irish Sports Images From 2013

30 Of The Best Irish Sports Images From 2013
By Mark Farrelly
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[tps_header]Sportsfile have brought us hundreds of great photos in 2013; each telling its own Irish sports story but we have whittled them down to 30 of our favourites.
We found it impossible to rank these so here they are in no particular order for your enjoyment:[/tps_header]

Cyril Donnellan, Connacht, shoots to score a point. M. Donnelly GAA Hurling Interprovincial Championship, Semi-Final, Leinster v Connacht, O'Connor Park, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

Shane Curran, St Brigid’s, celebrates after team-mate Frankie Dolan scored his side's second goal. AIB GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Club Championship, Semi-Final, St Brigid’s, Roscommon v Crossmaglen Rangers, Armagh.

Carlow players, from left, Ailbhe O'Nolan, Maureen Young, Regina Curran and Leona Kelly celebrate their side's victory after Leinster Women's Club Rugby League Division 2 Final.

Shane Walsh, Waterford, tries to keep warm during the game against Cork. Allianz Hurling League, Division 1A, Waterford v Cork, Fraher Field, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford.

St Brigid's goalkeeper Shane Curran celebrates with Frankie Dolan following his side's victory. AIB GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Club Championship Final, Ballymun Kickhams, Dublin, v St Brigid's, Roscommon.


Paul Galvin, Kerry, is challenged by Paudie Kissane, left, and Noel O'Leary, Cork.

Ronan O'Gara, Munster, gets some words of encouragement from his son Rua after the game. Heineken Cup Semi-Final 2012/13, ASM Clermont Auvergne v Munster.

Paul O'Connell, Munster, wins a lineout from George Robson, Harlequins. Heineken Cup Quarter-Final 2012/13, Harlequins v Munster.


Paul Flynn, Dublin, celebrates after the game. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kerry

British & Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland, right, and Brian O'Driscoll following the game. British & Irish Lions Tour 2013, 3rd Test

Jonny Cooper, Dublin, consoles Mayo goalkeeper Robert Hennelly at the end of the game. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Mayo


Mayo's goalkeeper Robert Hennelly, left, Colm Boyle and Aidan O'Shea during the presentation of the Sam Maguire amid heavy smoke from after match fireworks.

Shane O'Donnell, Clare, in action against Shane O'Neill, Cork. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final Replay, Cork v Clare.

Juliet Murphy, Cork, is congratulated by the team masseuse Eleanor Lucey as Monaghan's Cathriona McConnell lies dejected on the ground. TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Senior Championship Final, Cork v Monaghan.

The dejected Austin Stacks team, including midfielder Barry Shanahan, centre, stand under a rainbow during the cup presentation after the game. Kerry County Senior Club Football Championship Final, Dr. Crokes v Austin Stacks, Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney, Co. Kerry.

Ireland's Brian O'Driscoll reacts to the TMO of the final New Zealand try that lost the game for Ireland. Guinness Series International, Ireland v New Zealand.

New Zealand's Dominic Bird, during training, ahead of their Guinness Series International match against Ireland on Sunday 21 November.

Castlebar Mitchels goalkeeper Ciaran Naughton during heavy rain. Mayo County Senior Club Football Championship Final, Castlebar Mitchels v Breaffy.

Anthony Elding, Sligo Rovers, celebrates after scoring his side's third goal. FAI Ford Cup Final, Drogheda United v Sligo Rovers.

Peter Wright in action during his match with Wes Newton. Partypoker.com World Grand Prix, Citywest Hotel.

Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald celebrates after his side's victory. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final Replay, Cork v Clare, Croke Park.

Anthony Nash, Cork, shoots to score his side's second goal from a free. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Cork v Clare.

Ireland's Robert Heffernan goes through a mist station on his way to winning the men's 50k walk in a time of 3:37.56. IAAF World Athletics Championships - Day 5.

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane poses for a portrait at the team hotel.

Keith Marks, Cushinstown AC, on his way to winning the Boy's U17 High Jump final during the Woodie’s DIY National Juvenile Track and Field Championships.

Gary Watkins, Monkstown, celebrates after scoring his side's first goal. Irish Hockey League Men's Final, Monkstown v Banbridge, Three Rock Rovers Hockey Club.

David Lyons, right, gestures as the Cloughduv U6's and U8's assemble into a guard of honour for the teams before the game. Official Opening of New Cloughduv GAA Complex, Cork v Tipperary.

A general view of a scrum during the game. Munster Schools Senior Cup Semi-Final, Crescent College Comprehensive v CBC Cork.

Oisin Taylor, Crusaders A.C., in action duirng the men's triple jump event. Woodie’s DIY AAI Senior Indoor Championships, Athlone Institute of Technology International Arena.

Conor Sammon, Republic of Ireland, in action against Gerard Piqué, Spain. International Friendly, Republic of Ireland v Spain, Yankee Stadium


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