Photos from NI's sporting year of 2012

Michael O'Neill is still looking for his first win after taking over the Northern Ireland managerial reins in February
Michael O'Neill is still looking for his first win after taking over the Northern Ireland managerial reins in February
Liam Watson celebrates after scoring Loughgiel's opening goal in the All-Ireland Club Hurling final against Coolderry
Liam Watson celebrates after scoring Loughgiel's opening goal in the All-Ireland Club Hurling final against Coolderry
Crusaders
Crusaders won the League Cup in January and the Setanta All-Ireland Cup final at the Oval in May
The Belfast Giants won ice hockey's Elite League title
The Belfast Giants won ice hockey's Elite League title
Crossmaglen celebrate after winning the All-Ireland Club Football title in March
Crossmaglen celebrate after winning the All-Ireland Club Football title in March
Carrickfergus rider Alastair Seeley took a hat-trick of wins at the North West 200 in May
Carrickfergus rider Alastair Seeley took a hat-trick of wins at the North West 200 in May
Ulster were disappointed to lose the Heineken Cup final to Leinster in May
Ulster were disappointed to lose the Heineken Cup final to Leinster at Twickenham in May
Carnlough man Brendan Rodgers succeeded Kenny Dalglish as Liverpool manager
Carnlough man Brendan Rodgers succeeded Kenny Dalglish as Liverpool manager at the start of June
Michael Dunlop won the Superstock race at the Isle of Man TT in June
Michael Dunlop won the Superstock race at the Isle of Man TT in June
Football mourned the passing of former NI captain Alan McDonald in June
Football mourned the passing of former NI captain Alan McDonald in June
Graeme McDowell was one of the star attractions at the Irish Open at Royal Portrush
Graeme McDowell was one of the star attractions in front of packed galleries at the Irish Open at Royal Portrush
Rowers Peter Chambers, Alan Campbell and Richard Chambers won medals at the Olympic Games
Rowers Peter Chambers, Alan Campbell and Richard Chambers won medals at the Olympic Games
Katie Taylor grabbed the headlines by winning Olympic gold in women's boxing
Katie Taylor grabbed the headlines by winning Olympic gold in women's boxing
Guy Martin and Michael Dunlop won Superbike races at the Ulster Grand Prix in August
Guy Martin leads the chasing pack at the Ulster Grand Prix in August
Michael Conlan and Paddy Barnes were bronze medal winners at the London Games
Boxers Michael Conlan and Paddy Barnes were bronze medal winners at the London 2012 Games
Swimmer Bethany Firth collected a gold medal at the Paralympics in September
Swimmer Bethany Firth collected a gold medal at the Paralympics in September
Michael McKillop and Jason Smyth struck gold at the Paralympics
Athletes Michael McKillop and Jason Smyth struck gold at the Paralympics
Donegal won the All-Ireland Senior Football title by beating Mayo at Croke Park in September
Donegal won the All-Ireland Senior Football title by beating Mayo at Croke Park in September
The province was shocked by news of the death of Nevin Spence in a farming accident in September
The province was shocked by news of the death of Nevin Spence in a farming accident in September
Niall McGinn celebrates after scoring Northern Ireland's goal in the 1-1 draw with Portugal
Niall McGinn celebrates after scoring Northern Ireland's goal in the 1-1 draw with Portugal in Porto in October
Carl Frampton hopes to close in on a world title shot at super-bantamweight next year
Carl Frampton hopes to close in on a world title shot at super-bantamweight next year
Ireland failed to make an impact at the World Twenty20
Ireland failed to make an impact at the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka
Craig Gilroy made a big impact by scoring a try on his full Ireland debut against Argentina
Craig Gilroy made a big impact by scoring a try on his full Ireland debut against Argentina
Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy won the US PGA title and topped the European and US money lists to retain his position as world number one

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