Social Media is going from strength to strength in recent years. It's a fantastic medium for instant reactions, celebrity feuds and interactions and everything in between. Here is 2014 as told by twitter
Best Tweets Of 2014
Most people though the standing ovation was for O'Driscoll's last game in Lansdowne Road for Ireland. Fergus McFadden sets us straight:
That standing ovation I got coming off the bench yesterday was amazing#Thanks
— Fergus McFadden (@fergmcfadden) March 9, 2014
A week later, the nation was mourning the end of an icon:
Really emotional. It's the end of an era. Cannot believe we'll never see Gordon D'arcy's Beard in an Irish shirt again. :( #6nations
— Colm Tobin (@colmtobin) March 15, 2014
Gary Lineker had a mixed year on twitter, but this was by a distance his funniest tweet, regarding the swift nature of the manager merry-go-round in the Premier League.
Mauricio Pochettino is the new manager of Spurs. Needed to get that tweet out quickly before they fire him.
— Gary Lineker 💙💛 (@GaryLineker) May 27, 2014
2014 will not go down as the time GAA was shown on Sky, but rather, how the British reacted to GAA being shown on sky:
— Colly (@bolbosaur) June 7, 2014
Sylvain Distin responded to twitter trolls with the cruellest of reminders to Liverpool fans:
— Sylvain Distin (@sylvaind15tin) June 9, 2014
While Gary Neville gained a reputation for his brilliant analysis, it was clear his brother was not having the same luck:
Then there was that time Eamonn Dunphy swore on live TV:
— luke fitzgerald (@lukefitz11) June 17, 2014
Or when Rory decided he wanted to persue his Olympic dream with Ireland:
— micheal o'flaherty (@michealof) June 18, 2014
The British were extremely confused about the rules of football:
I love sky sports during the summer. Just enjoying some Gaelic football. Both teams seem to be losing 0-3 to themselves, which I like
— Greg Moss (@greg_724) June 21, 2014
Something happened in the World Cup that people were talking about for a while...
I guess any part of the body is up for eating.
— Evander Holyfield (@holyfield) June 24, 2014
Suarez stat of the day. Luis has now been banned for 34 games since 2010 without receiving a single red card.
— Jake Humphrey (@mrjakehumphrey) June 26, 2014
But USA Soccer Guy was the star of the World Cup:
Some wanted to clarify what to call Mezut Ozil's goal against Algeria
While James Rodriguez attracted anything and everything to him with his brilliant displays:
Liverpool folk hero Titi Camara had the greatest 24 hours on twitter anyone could have ever hoped for:
When I left Liverpool not many people thought I could have been replaced. Liverpool will survive without Suarez
— Titi Camara (@TitiCamara22) July 7, 2014
— Titi Camara (@TitiCamara22) July 8, 2014
The Germans decided that Brazil were having a little too much fun hosting the World Cup:
Spoiler Alert! I wrote the script for this World Cup game.
— George RR Martin (@GRRM) July 8, 2014
— The Lake Poets (@TheLakePoets) July 8, 2014
Although this World Cup record was broken:
Shakira equals Cafu's record of three World Cup final appearances. And now some other noise.
— Jonathan Wilson (@jonawils) July 13, 2014
Conor McGregor had some 2014, including a big win in Dublin:
What an incredible atmosphere in the 02..! Fair play to @TheNotoriousMMA - he walked the walk..!!
— Des Cahill (@sportsdes) July 19, 2014
How could anyone forget the awesome display from the Irish women against New Zealand?
— Ian madigan (@Ian_madigan) August 5, 2014
Some tweets just speak for themselves...
After scoring 2-2 Ryan McHugh was very tired physically & emotionally but Jim was there to support him pic.twitter.com/FNeX44zVtO
— Oisin Langan (@oisinlangan) September 2, 2014
JOE BROLLY WHAT YOU THINK OF THAT!!!!!!!!!!💪💪💪💪 pic.twitter.com/b7CRMHwomO
— Paul Murphy (@PaulMurphykk) September 27, 2014
Team Europe were kind enough to remind Rory McIlroy of his faux pas in the last Ryder Cup.
Just to confirm your tee time is 12.00pm (midday). That's 12pm.
— Ryder Cup Europe (@RyderCupEurope) September 27, 2014
John O'Shea was Ireland's hero against the World Champions:
Germany wrote us off like our banking debt #GERvIRL
— Baz (@bazlyons) October 14, 2014
If I could get my hands on John O Shea now I'd shift him. 🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀
— Shane Lowry (@ShaneLowryGolf) October 14, 2014
Cian Healy demonstrated that he's always up to date on current affairs:
We were treated to a majestic social media display from the Barbarians:
And an even better commentary display from NBC when the All Blacks rumbled into Chicago.
Eamon Dunphy didn't go with the Orinicco flow:
And Ireland's friendly with the USA saw the return of a World Cup hero:
And the All Blacks hit out at Richie McCaw haters with this greatest rugby nerd pun of all time:
There were some sombre moments though, with Philip Hughes' passing showing how twitter can be a respectful and wonderful place.
While Ireland also said goodbye to one of our heroes.
While Ciaran Lenehan's tweet was the best of the Irish Water protest...
Some say Rory McIlroy was unfairly beaten in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award, especially when you consider Hamilton's performance in the SPL: