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18 of the most heartwarming moments in the GAA in 2013

Shane O’Donnell’s brother, Joe Brolly’s ‘Opt For Life’ campaign and Paul Flynn’s great gesture after the All-Ireland final.

1. Shane O’Donnell’s brother watches with pride in Israel as the Clare forward bags a hat-trick in the All-Ireland final replay

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Pic: Fergal Brennan

2. Shane Curran finally gets his hands on an All-Ireland senior football medal at the age of 41

“We are now the most magnificent men to have left Roscommon since 1944 and we’re going back with a senior All-Ireland medal. That’s a lot to be proud of.”

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Pic: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

3. Seamus Harnedy remembers his late UCC hurling manager Paul O’Connor after debuting for the Cork senior hurlers

“Paul O’Connor was one of the lads that gave me my original breakthrough with the Fitzgibbon team. God rest his soul, he gave me a chance. I’ve no doubt he was looking down on all of us out there.”

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Pic: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

4. After 17 years of hurt, it’s celebration time for the Limerick fans after the Munster final

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5. Despite suffering defeat to Dublin, Tommy Walsh stays on the O’Moore Park pitch to sign autographs

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Pic: INPHO/James Crombie

6.  Monaghan’s Paul Finlay is congratulated by his former IT Sligo teammate Karl Lacey

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Pic: INPHO/Donall Farmer

7. Anthony Nash remembers referee Barry Kelly’s late wife Catherine in a TV interview after the drawn All-Ireland hurling final

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Pic: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

8. 4 year-old Ronan Brick shows why he’s a hurling goalkeeping star for the future



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9. Bernard Brogan and Marc Ó Sé after the All-Ireland senior football semi-final

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Pic: INPHO/Donall Farmer

10. Conor Phelan wins his first Kilkenny senior hurling medal after overcoming heart problems



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11. Conal Keaney celebrates with his daughter Kate after the Dublin senior hurling final

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Pic: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

…four years after they had celebrated a Dublin senior football triumph.

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Pic: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

12. The London footballers sing ‘Tubthumping’ after their Connacht semi-final win



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13. Brilliant sportsmanship from two youngsters at the Sciath na Scol finals in Cork

Riain Ó Cathail (black jersey) was quick to console Ciarán O’Connell after Ó Cathail’s school, Gaelscol Mhainistir Na Corann in Midleton, scored a goal against Coachford NS.

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Pic: Paraic English

14. Paul Mannion’s sister flies home to surprise him at the All-Ireland final

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Pic: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

14. Joe Brolly’s ‘Opt For Life’ campaign takes flight around the country

And the HSE announced recently that they were to introduce a state of the art organ donation system

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Pic: INPHO/Donall Farmer

15. Paul Flynn gives his Dublin jersey to 11 year-old Amy McNally who has undergone chemotherapy



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16. Eoin Brosnan with his daughter Annie after winning the Munster final

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Pic: INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan

17. Johnny Cooper consoles former DCU teammate Rob Hennelly after the All-Ireland final

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Pic: INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan

18. The Tipperary hurlers fundraise after ex-teammate has surgery on brain tumour

Former Tipperary senior hurler Eddie Connolly from Loughmore-Castleiney took ill recently and the Premier squad then organised a 6k fun run/walk to raise money for two cancer charities.

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Pic: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

What have we forgotten? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Kilkenny hurler set for county final after overcoming heart problem

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