In sport, a year of long shots and brutal reverses

A recap of the year in football, rugby and Gaelic games

3rd January, 2016
Kilkenny’s manager Brian Cody and Eoin Larkin celebrate Picture: INPHO

It was a fascinating 12 months for Irish sport, both at home and abroad. As ever, it was a good year to be a bookmaker. More often than not, the unexpected could be expected.

Despite beating France and avoiding eventual champions New Zealand, Ireland’s rugby stars buckled miserably in the World Cup quarterfinal to Argentina. Then, just when everyone had counted out their footballing counterparts, Martin O’Neill’s charges rose like the ashes and somehow qualified for...

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