Niall Ronan

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Leinster’s Gordon D’Arcy celebrates his try as Johnny Sexton and Munster’s Ronan O’Gara exchange words in the Heineken Cup semi-final in 2009. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When Irish rugby historians search for the biggest shift in the balance of power at provincial level they need look no further than May 2nd, 2009, and(...)

Johann van Graan on latest recruit,  Nick McCarthy. “I think he is a brilliant young player. He was captain of the Ireland U-20s . . I like his passing game a lot and I like his running game.”  Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Munster are not directly targeting Leinster’s players according to Johann van Graan, but he insists they will not be put off signing the province’s ne(...)

Bettystown, Co Meath, was once prominent as a holiday destination, due to its magnificent beach and dunes. Photograph: Alan Betson

Meath’s coastline is a short one, with a 3km beach running from the south at Laytown, through Bettystown, to Mornington, which makes up 40 per cent of(...)

St Patrick’s Westport’s Brian McDermott lifts the cup after his side’s victory in the All-Ireland intermediate club final. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

To Croke Park for the junior and intermediate All-Ireland finals, a chance to see the GAA without its make-up on. The last surviving big day out that (...)

Waterford’s Patrick Curran scores a goal in their victory over Kilkenny in the Allianz League Division 1A clash at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny. Photograph: Inpho

SATURDAY Allianz Hurling League Division One A Cork v Dublin, Páirc Uí Rinn, 7.0 (Live eir sport 1) – Dublin were unlucky to lose here in the cham(...)

Donnacha Ryan, Conor Murray and Keith Earls all attended St Munchin’s College in Limerick which leads the way with seven in providing senior internationals among the last 100 players to be capped by Ireland. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The American comedian Stephen Colbert once observed: “Facts matter not at all, perception is everything. It’s certainty.” It came to mind when thinki(...)

Injury has forced Niall Ronan’s hand as he  calls it a day at the age of just 31.

Munster’s Niall Ronan has been forced to retire because of injury. The 31-year-old flanker, one of just seven current squad players with over 100 caps(...)

Munster captain Peter O’Mahony on the mend. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster captain Peter O’Mahony and Dave Foley both returned to full training this week ahead of the visit of Heineken Cup pool opponents Perpignan to (...)

Munster’s Felix Jones is tackled by Gloucester’s Charlie Sharples at the weekend. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster have a number of injury concerns ahead of the resumption of RaboDirect Pro12 duties against Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun on Friday.Fullback F(...)

Conor Murray, moon boot and all, puts the ball into a scrum during Munster’s squad session at UL, Limerick. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster regrouped in Limerick to rake over the coals of how their superb start to the season fell apart with the loss of a 10-point lead in the even(...)

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