A year of NI sport in pictures

Northern Ireland skipper Steven Davis celebrates scoring in the 1-1 draw against Israel in October. It was the final game in a disappointing World Cup qualifying campaign, with Michael O'Neill's team finishing fifth in Group F
Northern Ireland skipper Steven Davis celebrates scoring in the 1-1 draw against Israel in October. It was the final game in a disappointing World Cup qualifying campaign, with Michael O'Neill's team finishing fifth in Group F after a year which included defeats by Luxembourg and Azerbaijan
It was a year of change for the Republic of Ireland with manager Martin O'Neill and his assistant Roy Keane taking over in November following Giovanni Trapattoni's departure after failing to qualify for the World Cup finals in Brazil
It was a year of change for the Republic of Ireland with manager Martin O'Neill and his assistant Roy Keane taking over in November following Giovanni Trapattoni's departure after failing to qualify for the World Cup finals in Brazil
Cliftonville celebrate winning the Irish League title for the first time since 1998. The Reds also won the League Cup but lost out to Glentoran in the Irish Cup decider
Cliftonville celebrate winning the Irish League title for the first time since 1998. The Reds also won the League Cup but lost out to Glentoran in the Irish Cup decider
Linfield manager David Jeffrey shouts out some instructions during a game in December
Linfield manager David Jeffrey endured some frustrations in 2013 as his team surrendered their Premiership crown but the year ended on a better note with his Blues leading the title race
Irish FA chief executive Patrick Nelson with Sports Minister Caral Ni Chuilin
The redevelopment of Windsor Park continued to be dogged by delays but the year ended with Sports Minister Caral Ni Chuilin telling Irish FA chief executive Patrick Nelson and other officials that the project had been given the green light, with work scheduled to begin early in 2014
Stephen O'Neill and Neil McGee go head-to-head at Ballybofey
Many GAA pundits felt Donegal looked set to defend their All-Ireland Football title after they defeated beaten League finalists Tyrone 2-10 to 0-10 in the big Ulster quarter-final at Ballybofey
Donegal pair Rory Kavanagh and Paddy McGrath challenge Monaghan's Darren Hughes in the Ulster SFC final as the Farney men caused a huge upset by winning 0-13 to 0-7
However, Donegal were never the same force during the remainder of the Ulster Championship and their shock provincial final 0-13 to 0-7 defeat by Monaghan was followed by a 4-17 to 1-10 humiliation by Mayo in the All-Ireland quarter-finals
Sean Cavanagh's controversial foul prevents Monaghan's Conor McManus for taking a shot at goal in the closing stages of the All-Ireland Football quarter-final won 0-14 to 0-12 by the Red Hands
Sean Cavanagh's foul on Monaghan's Conor McManus led to a huge controversy following comments by RTE pundit Joe Brolly as Tyrone defeated the Ulster champions in the All-Ireland quarter-final
Mayo manager James Horan's reaction as he sees the All-Ireland title slip away in the closing stages of the defeat by Dublin
After their hammering of Donegal and All-Ireland semi-final victory over Tyrone, Mayo were fancied to end their 62-year wait for another Sam Maguire Cup but they were beaten 2-12 to 1-14 by Dublin in the decider
Shane O'Donnell celebrates after one of his three goals in the All-Ireland Football final
Shane O'Donnell's three goals helped Clare beat Cork 5-16 to 3-16 in a thrilling All-Ireland Hurling final replay which ended a tremendous summer of action for the caman game
Ballinderry pair Enda Muldoon and Darren Conway celebrate after the Derry team defeated Glenswilly to clinch a third Ulster Club Football title
Ballinderry pair Enda Muldoon and Darren Conway celebrate after the Derry team defeated Glenswilly to clinch a third Ulster Club Football title
The North West 200 was abandoned after heavy rain but Jamie Hamilton ventured onto the circuit with his makeshift paddle
The North West 200 was abandoned after heavy rain but Jamie Hamilton ventured onto the circuit with his makeshift paddle
It was a memorable Isle of Man TT for Michael Dunlop, with the Ballymoney rider winning four races on the Mountain Course
It was a memorable Isle of Man TT for Michael Dunlop, with the Ballymoney rider winning four races on the Mountain Course
Guy Martin leads Michael Dunlop as the Englishman races to one of three victories at the Ulster Grand Prix in August
Guy Martin leads Michael Dunlop as the Englishman races to one of three victories at the Ulster Grand Prix in August and as 2013 ended there was some doubt over whether Dunlop would race on the roads in 2014
Declan Kidney after Ireland's defeat by Italy, which proved his final game in charge
Declan Kidney's Ireland side began the Six Nations in February with an impressive away win in Wales but defeats against England, Scotland and Italy followed as the Munster man lost his job with Leinster coach Joe Schmidt handed the Irish reins
Ryan Crotty breaks Irish hearts as he goes over for an injury-time try to deny the Dublin hosts a first ever victory over New Zealand.
Ryan Crotty breaks Irish hearts as he goes over for an injury-time try to deny Schmidt's Ireland side a first ever victory over New Zealand.
Ulster wing Tommy Bowe tries to snatch the ball from an upended Ian Madigan in the Pro12 final, which Leinster won 24-18
Ulster wing Tommy Bowe tries to snatch the ball from an upended Ian Madigan in the Pro12 final, which Leinster won 24-18
Ulster produced arguably their best away performance in Europe as they defeated Montpellier in October
But Ulster regrouped from the defeat in May to move to the top of their Heineken Cup group by Christmas helped by wins over Leicester and Montpellier and Mark Anscombe's side were well placed in the Pro12 table by Christmas
AP McCoy became the first jump jockey to ride 4,000 winners when the County Antrim man triumphed on Mountain Tunes at Towcester in November
AP McCoy became the first jump jockey to ride 4,000 winners when the County Antrim man triumphed on Mountain Tunes at Towcester in November
Martyn Irvine punches the air in delight after winning gold at the World Track Championships in Belarus. The Newtownards rider became the first Irishman to win a gold medal at the championships for 117 years and he also won a World Cup gold in Manchester
Martyn Irvine punches the air in delight after winning gold at the World Track Championships in Belarus. The Newtownards rider became the first Irishman to win a gold medal at the championships for 117 years and he also won a World Cup gold in Manchester
Kiko Martinez on the defensive as Belfast's Carl Frampton lands a punch on his way to winning the European super-bantamweight title in February
Carl Frampton beat holder Kiko Martinez to win the European super-bantamweight belt in February and the Belfast man looks set to land a world title shot in 2014
Belfast Giants player Chris Higgins takes a shot against Cardiff Devils. The Odyssey team are currently top of the Elite League under coach Paul Adey, who was appointed after Doug Christiansen joined the Sheffield Steelers
Belfast Giants player Chris Higgins takes a shot against Cardiff Devils. The Odyssey team are currently top of the Elite League under coach Paul Adey, who was appointed after Doug Christiansen joined the Sheffield Steelers
It was a mixed year for golfers Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy. Portrush player McDowell won three tournaments while McIlroy's only success in a disappointing season came in December at the Australian Open
It was a mixed year for golfers Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy. Portrush player McDowell won three tournaments while McIlroy's only success in a disappointing season came in December at the Australian Open
It was another successful year for the Ireland cricket team - the boys in green won the World Cricket League and World Twenty20 qualifiers before completing a treble by beating Afghanistan in the InterContinental Cup final
It was another successful year for the Ireland cricket team - the boys in green won the World Cricket League and World Twenty20 qualifiers before completing a treble by beating Afghanistan in the InterContinental Cup final
Aileen Reid feels the pain as she sprints to second place in the season-ending Grand Final race in the World Triathlon Series in London
Aileen Reid feels the pain as she sprints to second place in the season-ending Grand Final race in the World Triathlon Series in London
Jason Smyth powers his way to victory in the T13 200m at the IPC World Athletics Championships in Lyon - the Eglinton sprinter and Glengormley's Michael McKillop both won two gold medals in France
Jason Smyth powers his way to victory in the T13 200m at the IPC World Athletics Championships in Lyon - the Eglinton sprinter and Glengormley's Michael McKillop both won two gold medals in France
Robert Heffernan won 50K walk gold at the World Championships in Moscow
Robert Heffernan produced the Irish athletics performance of 2013 as he took the 50K walk gold at the World Championships in Moscow
Paul Pollock runs past St Basil's Cathedral in Moscow
Paul Pollock was second European across the line as he finished 21st in the marathon at the World Championships in Moscow