2014, the year that was

2014, the year that was

IT'S been a busy year for us here on the sports desk at The Irish Post.

From interviews with big names to Gaelic clubs with a twist - we've even had reporters training with rugby clubs. So in case you missed anything, here's a round-up of the year that was 2014.

The year started with a bang when Rory Delap revealed in January how much being Irish meant to him and how an injection hindered his international career.

February came and with it the spotlight fell on Southall Shamrocks, a London GAA side made up solely of Asians, Africans, Pakistanis and Somalis.

In March, Everton newboy Aiden McGeady said staying with Russian club Spartak Moscow "would have meant training with the U17s".

April saw Shane Duffy open up about the injury during an Ireland training session that nearly killed him and Dan Martin talk about his hopes for the Giro d'Italia, that sadly ended when he crashed during the first stage.

After 10 years as an Exile, London Irish winger Topsy Ojo revealed his hunger to win "a major honour" with the club was still as big as ever in May.

During June, the late blooming Keith Andrews said he would never retire from Ireland duty despite being 34.

Former cyclist-turned-award-winning-journalist Paul Kimmage spoke of his crusade against Lance Armstrong and doping in July.

August may be the traditional holiday month, but not for us as Dougie Costello gave his thoughts on early retirement in his weekly column.

Cricket's Kevin O'Brien hailed William Porterfield as one of the best captains he has worked with in September and we also looked back at the thrilling All-Ireland hurling final that ended in a draw.

Another cricketer spoke to the paper in October when Ed Joyce revealed he wished he had just played for Ireland after representing England in both Test and One-Day cricket.

Our very own James Martin took to the field in November as he trained with the London Irish Wild Geese.

And to round off the year, in December, Kelly Gallagher talked about her career as a Winter Paralympian and how she kept her focus after winning gold in Sochi.