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27th Dec 2015

Relive the best sporting moments of 2015 in these wondrous images from Inpho

Sensational

Kevin McGillicuddy

2015 was a ruddy good year for Irish sport and Irish sports people.

And the good folk at Inpho were there to capture the glory, the heartbreak and the stunning triumphs that made us delight, curse and swear we’d never allow ourselves get so emotionally invested in men and women running around a field again.

From Martin O’Neill to the forlorn Paul O’Connell, enjoy a selection of the  best sporting pictures of 2015

1. Taste the frost as NUIG face Mayo in the Connacht FBD Football League in January.

Connacht FBD Football League Round 1, MacHale Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo 4/1/2015 Mayo vs NUIG The NUIG team after the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

2. Stephanie Roche makes Messi and Ronaldo take notice. 

Stephanie Roche with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi 12/1/2015

3. The King leaves the stage as Henry Shefflin retires from inter-county hurling.

Henry Shefflin Press Conference, The Langton Hotel, Kilkenny 25/3/2015 Henry Shefflin after today's press conference to announce his inter-county retirement Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

4. Dave Kearney goes ‘Legs 11’ in the Six Nations.

2015 Rugby World Cup Warm-Up Match, Aviva Stadium, Ireland 29/8/2015 Ireland vs Wales Ireland's Dave Kearney and Luke Fitzgerald with George North of Wales Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

5. The Cork camogie team are head over heels for the O’Duffy Cup. 

REPRO FREE***PRESS RELEASE NO REPRODUCTION FEE*** Liberty Insurance Senior Camogie Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 13/9/2015 Cork vs Galway Cork celebrate with the O'Duffy Cup after the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

6. This is how we want to remember Paul O’Connell at the World Cup.

2015 Rugby World Cup, Ireland Rugby Down Day, Alton Towers, Staffordshire, England 24/9/2015 Ireland's Jared Payne, Luke Fitzgerald, Jonathan Sexton, Rob Kearney, Paul O'Connell, Simon Zebo and Tommy Boweat Alton Towers today Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

7. But this is the abiding memory.

Inpho Pictures of the Year 2015 21/12/2015 2015 Rugby World Cup Group D, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales 11/10/2015 Ireland vs France Ireland's Paul O'Connell down injured Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

8. Out of the fog came clarity…and Robbie Brady.

UEFA 2016 European Championship Play-Off 1st Leg, Stadion Bilino Polje, Zenica, Bosnia-Herzegovina 13/11/2015 Bosnia-Herzegovina vs Republic of Ireland Ireland's Robbie Brady celebrates scoring their first goal Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

9. Connacht’s George Naoupu steaming up in Russia.

European Rugby Challenge Cup Round 1, Krasnoyarsk, Russia 14/11/2015 Enisei-STM vs Connacht Connacht's George Naoupu Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

10. Poor Pascal Donohoe, like the spare wheel at a teenage disco.

Inpho Pictures of the Year 2015 21/12/2015 Three International Friendly, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 7/6/2015 Republic of Ireland vs England FAI CEO John Delaney with his partner Emma English while Minister of Transfer, Tourism and Sport Paschal Donohoe looks on Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

11. Simon Zebo and young fan Jennifer Malone.

Inpho Pictures of the Year 2015 21/12/2015 Ireland Rugby training Carton House Co. Kildare 15/9/2015 IrelandÕs Simon Zebo with fan Jennifer Malone during the training Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

12. Martin O’Neill jumps for joy after the 1-0 win over Germany.

Inpho Pictures of the Year 2015 21/12/2015 UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 8/10/2015 Republic of Ireland vs Germany Ireland manager Martin OÕNeill celebrates at the final whistle Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan