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LIMITED EDITION PRINT COLLECTION

INPHO SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY are now offering the opportunity for people to buy Limited Edition prints of some of our most iconic images. We are producing twenty prints that reflect not only some great moments but also showcase exceptional photography. They are superbly presented on fine art metallic lustre paper, archival mount board in a hand crafted wooden frame with museum glass. The Mount is 24” by 16”. They all come with a Letter of Authentication with the image number and are limited to just 50 prints per image. All images are signed by the photographer. We hope that people can seize this opportunity to have a small bit of Irish sports history.

Stephen Roche Tour de France 1987

In the mid 1980's Ireland had two world class cyclists.. Sean Kelly and Stephen Roche. Both had brilliant careers in a sport that Ireland punched way above its' weight In 1987 Stephen Roche won the Giro D'Italia, the Tour de France and the World Road Race Championships.. a feat only once before achieved in professional cycling by Belgian Eddy Merckx in 1974. On the Tour de France the turning point was when he was behind Pedro Delgado by one and a half minutes half way up the final climb into La Plagne but reduced it to just four seconds and collapsed over the line. He overtook that 4 sec in the time trial the next day to take the Yellow Jersey from Delgado. This picture shows him surrounded by journalists on the Champs-Élysées just after he won the race in Paris. Irish Taoiseach Charles Haughey joined Roche on the podium. Picture by BILLY STICKLAND

Connacht PRO12 Champions 2016

Connacht as a rugby province has traditionally been considered the poor cousins of the other Irish teams. But not in the 2015/2016 season with Pam Lam as head coach and John Muldoon as captain. Galvanised as a squad by a trip to Krasnoyarsk in Russia for the Challenge cup they became more united and stronger as the season progressed including a win over Munster in Thomond Park. In the semi finals of the Pro14 they met and beat Glasgow Warriors at the Sportsground and then in the final faced the highly fancied Leinster team. They were brilliant that day and completely outclassed them to win. It was a fitting moment for their captain John Muldoon, who had played for Connacht since the 2003/04 season,to lift the Trophy in Murrayfield. Picture by JAMES CROMBIE

Jack Charlton Lansdowne Road

In February 1986 England World Cup winner from 1996 Jack Charlton took charge of the Republic of Ireland soccer team. He transformed the team from being perennial underachievers to Irelands' most successful team . The team qualified for the 1988 European Championships in Germany (beating England in Stuttgart), the 1990 World Cup in Italy (reaching the quarter finals after a memorable penalty shootout against Romania in Genoa) and the 1994 World Cup in the USA (beating Italy in New York). Irish people took Charlton to their hearts and he gave us a sense of pride in the country. Some say the success of the soccer kickstarted the Celtic Tiger. He dictated how the Republic of Ireland team would play by putting opposing teams under pressure with route one soccer and this picture shows him making his feelings very clear to the players from the touchline. Picture by BILLY STICKLAND

Ireland Womens Olympic Hockey Team

On the 3rd November 2019 The Ireland Women's Hockey team qualified for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 now deferred to 2021 by beating Canada. This was an extraordinary achievement after many attempts at trying. They were invited to enter the inaugural 1980 tournament but did not participate because of the boycott.Since then they have never got beyond the qualifiers.They did however get to the World Cup final in 2018 losing to the Netherlands in the final. Coached by Graham Shaw and now Sean Dancer and with players of the calibre of Roisin Upton, Ayeisha McFerran, Gillian Pinder, Anna O'Flanagan and Katie Mullan they can look forward to their first Olympics with confidence. Picture by MORGAN TREACY

Shane Lowry The Open Championship 2019

In May 2009 Shane Lowry won the the Irish Open on the European tour as an amateur and it was sign of things to come. His most memorable moment in golf was four days in July 2019 at the Royal Portrush Golf Club where he won The Open Championship by six stokes. There is a great photographic moment in golf championships where if the winner is in the final pairing and it's obvious that he is going to win there is a triumphant walk up the 18th fairway to acknowledge the crowd. This is what happened to Lowry alongside his caddie Brian Martin as he came home to win. Picture by OISIN KENIRY

Willie Anderson vs The Haka

In 1989 the All Blacks came to Lansdowne Rd to play Ireland. The captain for Ireland was Willie Anderson. The All Blacks performed their traditional Haka. It was a period when the All Blacks under the captaincy of Wayne Shelford had decided to take the Haka more seriously and to understand all the deep meaning of what it represented to New Zealanders and Maori culture. Teams facing it would normally stand respectfully and watch it. Willie Anderson, however, decided to drag his team in an line towards the All Blacks. It was spontaneous and although Willie moved forward shouting at the All Blacks most of the rest of the Irish Team are a little more reticent but had no choice. Ireland were beaten 23-6 Photograph by Billy Stickland

The Munster Haka

In November 2008 the New Zealand All Black rugby team came to play Munster. It was a throwback to the legendary game in 1978 when Munster beat the All Blacks 12-0 which had become part of Munster Rugby folklore.In the Munster team there were four New Zealanders Jeremy Manning, Rua Tipoki, Doug Howlett and Lifiemi Mafi. The Munster team thought of performing a Haka in response to the All Blacks Haka. They sought permission to do it from the All Blacks as it’s a very important and sensitive issue for New Zealanders. This was given so the four New Zealanders in the Munster team led the Haka. It was an inspired and emotional moment. Munster played brilliantly and were within minutes of repeating the 1978 game until Joe Rokococo scored in the last few minutes to win the game for the All Blacks. Photograph by Billy Stickland

Four Time European Championship Winners Leinster

Prior to 2009 Leinster were considered perennial losers when it came to The European Champions Cup. That all changed in 2009 when under the coaching of Australian Michael Cheika they beat Leicester to win it for the first time. The combination of the coach and seasoned players such as Shane Jennings Leo Cullen and Brian O’Driscoll they became a European Powerhouse and have now won it four times 2009, 2011,2012 and 2018 as well as being in 2019 final. Following on fro Michael Cheika they were coached by Joe Schmidt (2011, 2012) and Leo Cullen (2018). Leo Cullen has the honour of having captained the team for the first three triumphs and coaching them to the other victory. Photographs by Dan Sheridan

Ireland vs England Croke Park 2007

On the 21st November 1920 in Croke Park, British soldiers opened fire during a game of Gaelic Football between Dublin and Tipperary and killed 14 people and wounded another 60. This tragedy became a source of resistance towards the British Occupation of Ireland. As the home of the Gaelic Athletic Association, no British sports teams would be allowed to play there. When the Irish Rugby Football Union redeveloped Lansdowne Road into the Aviva Stadium, they had an arrangement with the GAA to allow the rugby team to play in Croke Park. Inevitably the England rugby team were due to play there and in 2007 it happened. Despite worries it turned out to be a celebration of Irish sport as Ireland beat England 43-13. Picture by BILLY STICKLAND

Nine All Ireland Medals Henry Shefflin

Without doubt Kilkenny hurler Henry Shefflin is one of the finest hurlers to have ever played the game. He is the only player in the history of Gaelic games to have won ten All-Ireland senior winners' medals on the field of play. This image taken by James Crombie reflects the intensity and desire which were integral to Shefflin’s make up. James was looking for a picture to bring out what Shefflin brought to the game. It is quite easy to get a standard image of hurling but to take one that shows that extra level of personality makes this a very special photograph. Picture by JAMES CROMBIE

Munster Heineken Cup Winners 2006

In 2006 the Munster Rugby team, coached by Declan Kidney, finally reached the Holy Grail when they beat Biarritz in Cardiff to win the Heineken Cup for the first time. The day after the match (and subsequent celebrations), as official photographer to Munster Billy Stickland got to take a squad shot. Once the main picture was finished he asked the squad to show a bit of emotion and to celebrate. They were a special team with legends such as Paul O’Connell and Ronan O’Gara. This image was the result and it is very satisfying to have a photograph that conveys something about the camaraderie and spirit of that squad. Picture by BILLY STICKLAND

Drinking from the Sam Maguire

Back in 1992 Donegal won their first All Ireland Football Final when they beat Dublin. Afterwards Inpho photographer Billy Stickland spent a couple of days in Donegal with their captain Anthony Molloy as he brought the Sam Maguire Trophy around Donegal to celebrate. He went with him to a lot of pubs and it became obvious how the centre of attraction was the mythical cup itself. Far away from the excitement of Croke Park this picture shows a different angle on the history of the Sam Maguire trophy and rather than the fans dominating the scene, the actual trophy is centre stage. Picture by BILLY STICKLAND

Haka Tribute to Anthony Foley vs All Blacks Chicago 2016

Munster assistant coach and former Ireland number 8 Anthony Foley died suddenly just before a match against Racing 92 in October of 2016. The following month Ireland were playing the New Zealand All Blacks in Chicago and the team thought up the idea of challenging the Haka by doing a figure of eight to symbolise the jersey worn by Foley during his career. It was an emotional moment and set the perfect tone for the match. All of the Munster players were at the front of the figure eight. It was an amazing challenge laid down to the All Blacks' Haka. Ireland went on to beat the All Blacks for the first time ever, winning 40-29. Picture by BILLY STICKLAND

After the Match British and Irish Lions 2017

This picture was taken just after the British and Irish Lions had narrowly beaten NZ Provincial Barbarians in Whangarei in New Zealand. It shows how tough rugby is as a game. Inpho Sports Photography have always put trust with the subject as a key part of getting the right image. As official photographer for the British and Irish Lions Dan Sheridan has built up this mutual trust over three tours, in 2009, 2013 and 2017. It has reached the point where the players do not even notice him there as a photographer and so when it comes to a sensitive moment, as in this case, he makes it look effortless. These moments do not happen if you do not have that relationship. Picture by DAN SHERIDAN

Over the Fence

When an Inpho photographer goes to a race meeting it is always in the back of their mind to take a picture from underneath a fence as the horses jump over. This is not as easy as it may seem and takes planning. Firstly Morgan Tracey had to set up a remote camera between the races to get the right angle and to make sure that the lens and camera were perfect and not going to interfere in any way with the race. The exposure is tricky because of the changing light and the background is vital. The final unknown is if the horse will jump over to give a great shape to the picture. This image had the best possible outcome. Picture by MORGAN TREACY

Dublin Five in a Row

The Dublin gaelic football team earned immortality in 2019 by becoming the first team to win five All Ireland Football Finals in a row between 2015 and 2019. They also won it in 2013. This is all the more remarkable in that they failed to appear in a final between 1995 and 2011. This was an extraordinary achievement for the team under manager Jim Gavin who helped to bring the game of Gaelic Football to a new level. Remarkably Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton captained them in all five wins. This image combines Cluxton lifting the cup with the number 5 balloon in the background so it lets you know how dominant Dublin have been in recent years. Picture by JAMES CROMBIE

Downpour in Donnybrook

Sometimes weather conditions make a mockery of a sporting occasion. Photographers look on it as an opportunity as it can turn an ordinary match into a strong memory. It is not easy as you are battling the elements trying to keep yourself and your cameras dry. You run the risk of damaging your equipment beyond repair without getting anything special from your efforts. Not so in this case. Inpho photographer Dan Sheridan has been very close to the Ireland Women’s rugby team having over the years covered their wins over New Zealand in the World Cup and their Grand Slam success in the 6 Nations. This image adds to the story. Picture by DAN SHERIDAN

The Hurler and the Moon

James Crombie had been talking about this picture for years. He had wanted to do a hurler silhouetted by the moon. It looks simple but it was very complicated to get both the hurler and the moon in sync. He had to have a full moon and a clear night. He had to work out the angle and trajectory of the moon in relation to where the hurler stood. It was shot on a strong 600mm telephoto lens to give it the right effect and he had to communicate by mobile phone to get it right. He only had a few minutes to take it. A perfect example of good preparation paying off. Picture by JAMES CROMBIE

Packie Bonner Save Italia 1990

In 1990 the Republic of Ireland, coached by Jack Charlton, made it through to the quarter-finals of the Soccer World Cup in Italy. The stadium in Genoa was packed with Irish fans for this match against Romania. The game came down to a penalty shootout. Inpho photographer Billy Stickland was one of only two photographers who managed to position himself up the touchline at the perfect angle for Packie Bonner’s save. Focusing on the keeper and hoping he would not only save it but dive in his direction, it worked perfectly. This has become one of the iconic images of Irish sport from a special day when the whole country watched on. Picture by BILLY STICKLAND

Jacob Stockdale Try vs All Blacks 2018

There is a position that we sometimes use in the Aviva stadium which means putting a photographer up where the floodlights are. It’s quite an effort to get there and you have to be very comfortable with heights. It’s an unusual position and for most matches there is very little to be taken apart from the different angle looking down on the pitch. However sometimes you get something really special. Inpho photographer Tommy Dickson skilfully shot the whole sequence as Jacob Stockdale chipped the ball, chased and picked it up again to score and his angle was perfect. Ireland beat the All Blacks for the first time in Ireland and this image is central to what happened on that day. Picture by TOMMY DICKSON

LIMITED EDITION PRINT COLLECTION

INPHO SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY are now offering the opportunity for people to buy Limited Edition prints of some of our most iconic images. We are producing twenty prints that reflect not only some great moments but also showcase exceptional photography. They are superbly presented on fine art metallic lustre paper, archival mount board in a hand crafted wooden frame with museum glass. The Mount is 24” by 16”. They all come with a Letter of Authentication with the image number and are limited to just 50 prints per image. All images are signed by the photographer. We hope that people can seize this opportunity to have a small bit of Irish sports history.

Stephen Roche Tour de France 1987

In the mid 1980's Ireland had two world class cyclists.. Sean Kelly and Stephen Roche. Both had brilliant careers in a sport that Ireland punched way above its' weight In 1987 Stephen Roche won the Giro D'Italia, the Tour de France and the World Road Race Championships.. a feat only once before achieved in professional cycling by Belgian Eddy Merckx in 1974. On the Tour de France the turning point was when he was behind Pedro Delgado by one and a half minutes half way up the final climb into La Plagne but reduced it to just four seconds and collapsed over the line. He overtook that 4 sec in the time trial the next day to take the Yellow Jersey from Delgado. This picture shows him surrounded by journalists on the Champs-Élysées just after he won the race in Paris. Irish Taoiseach Charles Haughey joined Roche on the podium. Picture by BILLY STICKLAND

Connacht PRO12 Champions 2016

Connacht as a rugby province has traditionally been considered the poor cousins of the other Irish teams. But not in the 2015/2016 season with Pam Lam as head coach and John Muldoon as captain. Galvanised as a squad by a trip to Krasnoyarsk in Russia for the Challenge cup they became more united and stronger as the season progressed including a win over Munster in Thomond Park. In the semi finals of the Pro14 they met and beat Glasgow Warriors at the Sportsground and then in the final faced the highly fancied Leinster team. They were brilliant that day and completely outclassed them to win. It was a fitting moment for their captain John Muldoon, who had played for Connacht since the 2003/04 season,to lift the Trophy in Murrayfield. Picture by JAMES CROMBIE

Jack Charlton Lansdowne Road

In February 1986 England World Cup winner from 1996 Jack Charlton took charge of the Republic of Ireland soccer team. He transformed the team from being perennial underachievers to Irelands' most successful team . The team qualified for the 1988 European Championships in Germany (beating England in Stuttgart), the 1990 World Cup in Italy (reaching the quarter finals after a memorable penalty shootout against Romania in Genoa) and the 1994 World Cup in the USA (beating Italy in New York). Irish people took Charlton to their hearts and he gave us a sense of pride in the country. Some say the success of the soccer kickstarted the Celtic Tiger. He dictated how the Republic of Ireland team would play by putting opposing teams under pressure with route one soccer and this picture shows him making his feelings very clear to the players from the touchline. Picture by BILLY STICKLAND

Ireland Womens Olympic Hockey Team

On the 3rd November 2019 The Ireland Women's Hockey team qualified for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 now deferred to 2021 by beating Canada. This was an extraordinary achievement after many attempts at trying. They were invited to enter the inaugural 1980 tournament but did not participate because of the boycott.Since then they have never got beyond the qualifiers.They did however get to the World Cup final in 2018 losing to the Netherlands in the final. Coached by Graham Shaw and now Sean Dancer and with players of the calibre of Roisin Upton, Ayeisha McFerran, Gillian Pinder, Anna O'Flanagan and Katie Mullan they can look forward to their first Olympics with confidence. Picture by MORGAN TREACY

Shane Lowry The Open Championship 2019

In May 2009 Shane Lowry won the the Irish Open on the European tour as an amateur and it was sign of things to come. His most memorable moment in golf was four days in July 2019 at the Royal Portrush Golf Club where he won The Open Championship by six stokes. There is a great photographic moment in golf championships where if the winner is in the final pairing and it's obvious that he is going to win there is a triumphant walk up the 18th fairway to acknowledge the crowd. This is what happened to Lowry alongside his caddie Brian Martin as he came home to win. Picture by OISIN KENIRY

Willie Anderson vs The Haka

In 1989 the All Blacks came to Lansdowne Rd to play Ireland. The captain for Ireland was Willie Anderson. The All Blacks performed their traditional Haka. It was a period when the All Blacks under the captaincy of Wayne Shelford had decided to take the Haka more seriously and to understand all the deep meaning of what it represented to New Zealanders and Maori culture. Teams facing it would normally stand respectfully and watch it. Willie Anderson, however, decided to drag his team in an line towards the All Blacks. It was spontaneous and although Willie moved forward shouting at the All Blacks most of the rest of the Irish Team are a little more reticent but had no choice. Ireland were beaten 23-6 Photograph by Billy Stickland

The Munster Haka

In November 2008 the New Zealand All Black rugby team came to play Munster. It was a throwback to the legendary game in 1978 when Munster beat the All Blacks 12-0 which had become part of Munster Rugby folklore.In the Munster team there were four New Zealanders Jeremy Manning, Rua Tipoki, Doug Howlett and Lifiemi Mafi. The Munster team thought of performing a Haka in response to the All Blacks Haka. They sought permission to do it from the All Blacks as it’s a very important and sensitive issue for New Zealanders. This was given so the four New Zealanders in the Munster team led the Haka. It was an inspired and emotional moment. Munster played brilliantly and were within minutes of repeating the 1978 game until Joe Rokococo scored in the last few minutes to win the game for the All Blacks. Photograph by Billy Stickland

Four Time European Championship Winners Leinster

Prior to 2009 Leinster were considered perennial losers when it came to The European Champions Cup. That all changed in 2009 when under the coaching of Australian Michael Cheika they beat Leicester to win it for the first time. The combination of the coach and seasoned players such as Shane Jennings Leo Cullen and Brian O’Driscoll they became a European Powerhouse and have now won it four times 2009, 2011,2012 and 2018 as well as being in 2019 final. Following on fro Michael Cheika they were coached by Joe Schmidt (2011, 2012) and Leo Cullen (2018). Leo Cullen has the honour of having captained the team for the first three triumphs and coaching them to the other victory. Photographs by Dan Sheridan

Ireland vs England Croke Park 2007

On the 21st November 1920 in Croke Park, British soldiers opened fire during a game of Gaelic Football between Dublin and Tipperary and killed 14 people and wounded another 60. This tragedy became a source of resistance towards the British Occupation of Ireland. As the home of the Gaelic Athletic Association, no British sports teams would be allowed to play there. When the Irish Rugby Football Union redeveloped Lansdowne Road into the Aviva Stadium, they had an arrangement with the GAA to allow the rugby team to play in Croke Park. Inevitably the England rugby team were due to play there and in 2007 it happened. Despite worries it turned out to be a celebration of Irish sport as Ireland beat England 43-13. Picture by BILLY STICKLAND

Nine All Ireland Medals Henry Shefflin

Without doubt Kilkenny hurler Henry Shefflin is one of the finest hurlers to have ever played the game. He is the only player in the history of Gaelic games to have won ten All-Ireland senior winners' medals on the field of play. This image taken by James Crombie reflects the intensity and desire which were integral to Shefflin’s make up. James was looking for a picture to bring out what Shefflin brought to the game. It is quite easy to get a standard image of hurling but to take one that shows that extra level of personality makes this a very special photograph. Picture by JAMES CROMBIE

Munster Heineken Cup Winners 2006

In 2006 the Munster Rugby team, coached by Declan Kidney, finally reached the Holy Grail when they beat Biarritz in Cardiff to win the Heineken Cup for the first time. The day after the match (and subsequent celebrations), as official photographer to Munster Billy Stickland got to take a squad shot. Once the main picture was finished he asked the squad to show a bit of emotion and to celebrate. They were a special team with legends such as Paul O’Connell and Ronan O’Gara. This image was the result and it is very satisfying to have a photograph that conveys something about the camaraderie and spirit of that squad. Picture by BILLY STICKLAND

Drinking from the Sam Maguire

Back in 1992 Donegal won their first All Ireland Football Final when they beat Dublin. Afterwards Inpho photographer Billy Stickland spent a couple of days in Donegal with their captain Anthony Molloy as he brought the Sam Maguire Trophy around Donegal to celebrate. He went with him to a lot of pubs and it became obvious how the centre of attraction was the mythical cup itself. Far away from the excitement of Croke Park this picture shows a different angle on the history of the Sam Maguire trophy and rather than the fans dominating the scene, the actual trophy is centre stage. Picture by BILLY STICKLAND

Haka Tribute to Anthony Foley vs All Blacks Chicago 2016

Munster assistant coach and former Ireland number 8 Anthony Foley died suddenly just before a match against Racing 92 in October of 2016. The following month Ireland were playing the New Zealand All Blacks in Chicago and the team thought up the idea of challenging the Haka by doing a figure of eight to symbolise the jersey worn by Foley during his career. It was an emotional moment and set the perfect tone for the match. All of the Munster players were at the front of the figure eight. It was an amazing challenge laid down to the All Blacks' Haka. Ireland went on to beat the All Blacks for the first time ever, winning 40-29. Picture by BILLY STICKLAND

After the Match British and Irish Lions 2017

This picture was taken just after the British and Irish Lions had narrowly beaten NZ Provincial Barbarians in Whangarei in New Zealand. It shows how tough rugby is as a game. Inpho Sports Photography have always put trust with the subject as a key part of getting the right image. As official photographer for the British and Irish Lions Dan Sheridan has built up this mutual trust over three tours, in 2009, 2013 and 2017. It has reached the point where the players do not even notice him there as a photographer and so when it comes to a sensitive moment, as in this case, he makes it look effortless. These moments do not happen if you do not have that relationship. Picture by DAN SHERIDAN

Over the Fence

When an Inpho photographer goes to a race meeting it is always in the back of their mind to take a picture from underneath a fence as the horses jump over. This is not as easy as it may seem and takes planning. Firstly Morgan Tracey had to set up a remote camera between the races to get the right angle and to make sure that the lens and camera were perfect and not going to interfere in any way with the race. The exposure is tricky because of the changing light and the background is vital. The final unknown is if the horse will jump over to give a great shape to the picture. This image had the best possible outcome. Picture by MORGAN TREACY

Dublin Five in a Row

The Dublin gaelic football team earned immortality in 2019 by becoming the first team to win five All Ireland Football Finals in a row between 2015 and 2019. They also won it in 2013. This is all the more remarkable in that they failed to appear in a final between 1995 and 2011. This was an extraordinary achievement for the team under manager Jim Gavin who helped to bring the game of Gaelic Football to a new level. Remarkably Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton captained them in all five wins. This image combines Cluxton lifting the cup with the number 5 balloon in the background so it lets you know how dominant Dublin have been in recent years. Picture by JAMES CROMBIE

Downpour in Donnybrook

Sometimes weather conditions make a mockery of a sporting occasion. Photographers look on it as an opportunity as it can turn an ordinary match into a strong memory. It is not easy as you are battling the elements trying to keep yourself and your cameras dry. You run the risk of damaging your equipment beyond repair without getting anything special from your efforts. Not so in this case. Inpho photographer Dan Sheridan has been very close to the Ireland Women’s rugby team having over the years covered their wins over New Zealand in the World Cup and their Grand Slam success in the 6 Nations. This image adds to the story. Picture by DAN SHERIDAN

The Hurler and the Moon

James Crombie had been talking about this picture for years. He had wanted to do a hurler silhouetted by the moon. It looks simple but it was very complicated to get both the hurler and the moon in sync. He had to have a full moon and a clear night. He had to work out the angle and trajectory of the moon in relation to where the hurler stood. It was shot on a strong 600mm telephoto lens to give it the right effect and he had to communicate by mobile phone to get it right. He only had a few minutes to take it. A perfect example of good preparation paying off. Picture by JAMES CROMBIE

Packie Bonner Save Italia 1990

In 1990 the Republic of Ireland, coached by Jack Charlton, made it through to the quarter-finals of the Soccer World Cup in Italy. The stadium in Genoa was packed with Irish fans for this match against Romania. The game came down to a penalty shootout. Inpho photographer Billy Stickland was one of only two photographers who managed to position himself up the touchline at the perfect angle for Packie Bonner’s save. Focusing on the keeper and hoping he would not only save it but dive in his direction, it worked perfectly. This has become one of the iconic images of Irish sport from a special day when the whole country watched on. Picture by BILLY STICKLAND

Jacob Stockdale Try vs All Blacks 2018

There is a position that we sometimes use in the Aviva stadium which means putting a photographer up where the floodlights are. It’s quite an effort to get there and you have to be very comfortable with heights. It’s an unusual position and for most matches there is very little to be taken apart from the different angle looking down on the pitch. However sometimes you get something really special. Inpho photographer Tommy Dickson skilfully shot the whole sequence as Jacob Stockdale chipped the ball, chased and picked it up again to score and his angle was perfect. Ireland beat the All Blacks for the first time in Ireland and this image is central to what happened on that day. Picture by TOMMY DICKSON