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The Best Sporting Achievement From Every County In 2021

The Best Sporting Achievement From Every County In 2021

It was a sensational year for Irish sport. There were landmark achievements in so many different sports and codes, it's hard to keep of them all.

To give an appreciation of the sporting greatness in this country, we've gone county-by-county and decided each county's best sporting achievement for 2021.

This is a varied and diverse list that captures that wide range of sporting genius in this country.

Antrim - Aidan Walsh wins Olympic bronze in boxing

3 August 2021; Aidan Walsh of Ireland with his bronze medal that he won in the men's welterweight division at the Kokugikan Arena during the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Armagh - Daniel Wiffen breaks Irish 1500m record

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30 July 2021; Daniel Wiffen of Ireland after the heats of the men's 1500m freestyle at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre during the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Photo by Ian MacNicol/Sportsfile

Carlow - Cliodhna Ni Shé finishes the Ladies Football Championship as top scorer

22 August 2021; Cliodhna Ni Shé of Carlow in action against Duana Coleman of Antrim during the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Junior Championship Semi-Final match between Antrim and Carlow at Lannleire GFC in Dunleer, Louth. Photo by Ben McShane/Sportsfile

Cavan - Leona Maguire becomes first Irishwoman to lift Solheim Cup

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Clare - Tony Kelly scoring 3-41 in four championship games

23 July 2021; Tony Kelly of Clare celebrates scoring a second half point during the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 2 match between Clare and Cork at LIT Gaelic Grounds in Limerick. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Cork - Paul O'Donovan and Fintan McCarthy win Ireland's Olympics gold medal in rowing

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Derry - Jason Smyth wins his sixth Paralympic gold medal 

Donegal - Georgie Kelly named PFAI Player of the Year

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Down - Rhys McClenaghan becomes first Irish person to reach a gymnastic Olympics final

24 July 2021; Rhys McClenaghan of Ireland competes on the Pommel Horse in artistic gymnastics qualification at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre during the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Dublin - Kellie Harrington wins a gold medal for Ireland in boxing

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Fermanagh - Kieran McKenna becomes the youngest manager in the EFL when hired by Ipswich Town

Galway - Camogie team win senior All-Ireland title

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12 September 2021; Galway captain Sarah Dervan lifts the O'Duffy Cup after the All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Final match between Cork and Galway at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Kerry - Oisin Murphy wins champion flat jockey title for a third time

Kildare - Three footballers from the county - Andrew Omobamidele, Nathan Collins and Mark Travers - receive their first Ireland caps

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6 October 2021; Republic of Ireland players, from Kildare, Nathan Collins, Mark Travers and Andrew Omobamidele during the 2020-2021 Republic of Ireland international caps presentation at their team hotel in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Kilkenny - Eoin Cody wins second consecutive Young Hurler of the Year award

8 August 2021; Eoin Cody of Kilkenny during the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship semi-final match between Kilkenny and Cork at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Laois - Nicole Turner wins silver medal in swimming for Ireland at the Paralympics 

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Leitrim - Sean O'Heslins win first club's first senior football title in 31 years

Limerick - Hurlers win second consecutive senior All-Ireland hurling title

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Longford - Cian McPhillips wins gold in the 1500m at European Under-20 Championships

Louth - Eve McCrystal pilots Katie-George Dunleavy win two gold and a silver in cycling at the Paralympics

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Mayo - 44-year-old Sinead Diver finishes 10th in the Olympics marathon for Australia

Meath - Ladies football team win first-ever senior title

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Monaghan - Aaron McKenna wins WBC world youth title

Offaly - U20 footballers win U20 All-Ireland title

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Roscommon - Jack Carty records a remarkable Connacht first 

 

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Sligo - Mona McSharry becomes first Irish swimmer to reach an Olympic final since 1996

Tipperary - Rachael Blackmore becomes the first woman to win the Grand National

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Tyrone - Footballers win All-Ireland title 

Waterford - Henry de Bromhead becomes first trainer to win the Champion Hurdle, Champion Chase, Gold Cup and Grand National in the same year

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Westmeath - Ladies footballers win All-Ireland intermediate title

5 September 2021; Westmeath players celebrate following the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Intermediate Football Championship Final match between Westmeath and Wexford at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Wexford - Tadhg Furlong named in World Rugby's Team of the Year

Wicklow - Katie Taylor retains her Undisputed Lightweight boxing title

8 December 2021; Katie Taylor poses for a portrait with her belts during a media day ahead of her Undisputed Lightweight Championship bout against Firuza Sharipova at the Liverpool Guild of Students in Liverpool, England. Photo by Mark Robinson / Matchroom Boxing via Sportsfile

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