GALLERY: The best sporting images of 2016

It was a huge year for sports, with plenty of amazing images to look back on

BY Simon Maguire 17:47 Saturday 24 December 2016, 17:47 24 Dec 2016

Image: ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

From the Euros to the Olympics, 2016 was a bumper year for sports across the globe, as well at here at home in Ireland. 

There were amazing wins and heartbreaking losses, once again highlighting just how important a role sport plays in all our lives. 

2016 had its fair share of ups and downs, so here are some of the best images from the last 12 months that go some way to capturing just how big a year it was. 

 

Galway’s Finian Hanley with his daughter Freya (5 months) Image: ©INPHO/James Crombie 

 

Roscommon’s Niall McInerney and Sean McDermott with Alan Dillon of Mayo Image: ©INPHO/James Crombie

 

Eoghan Rua and Glemore players battle for the ball. Image: ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

 

 

Mayo's Andy Moran with his daughter Charlotte at the end of the game
Image: ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

Dublin’s Philip McMahon and the Dublin celebrate with the Sam Maguire cup after the match
Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

 

Tipperary’s Padraic Maher celebrates after the game with Michael Cahill
Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

 

3 year old Anna Crombie rides her bike as the An Post Rás passes through Rahugh
Image: ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

 

Connacht's captain John Muldoon celebrates with Eric Elwood. Image: ©INPHO/James Crombie

 

Ireland's Paul O'Donovan celebrates winning gold
Image: ©INPHO/Herman Dingler

Ireland's Ashleigh Baxter with chen Keyi and Yang Min of China. Image: ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

 

Ireland's Conor Murray celebrates Robbie Henshaw's try. Image: ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

 

A view of Thomond Park as the two teams stand for a minutes silence in memory of Anthony Foley
Image: ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

 

Ireland manager Martin O'Neill celebrates at the final whistle
Image: ©INPHO/James Crombie

Dundalk's Stephen O'Donnell celebrates winning the SSE Airtricity League trophy.

Image: ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

 

Ireland's Thomas Barr during his race. Image: ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Detention of OCI president Pat Hickey in Rio Olympics
Image: ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy 

Ireland's Gary and Paul O'Donovan celebrate winning silver medals. Image: ©INPHO/James Crombie

Ireland's Annalise Murphy celebrates receiving her silver medal. Image: ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

 

Ireland's Michael Conlan following his defeat to Vladimir Nikitin of Russia.

Image: ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Ireland's Katie Taylor dejected after losing her fight. Image: ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

 

Katie Taylor celebrates her win. Image: ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

 

Conor McGregor celebrates winning. Image: ©INPHO/Tom Hogan

 

The fanzone at the Eiffel Tower. Image: ©INPHO/James Crombie

Ireland's Robbie Brady celebrates scoring his sides first goal. Image: ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

 

Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane. Image: ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

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