Ronan O Gara

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Dr Aidan Moran: professor of cognitive psychology at University College, Dublin. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Aidan Moran Born: July 29th, 1956 Died: March 16th, 2020 The old adage that if you do something well enough the world will beat a path to your door(...)

Brian O’Driscoll and his teammates celebrate Ireland’s 2009 Grand Slam win. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Imagine, for a moment, if Brian O’Driscoll hadn’t captained Ireland to a Grand Slam in 2009? If the so-called Golden Generation which also featured Pa(...)

Would Ronan O’Gara kicked Munster to victory in 2000 if the game was played behind closed doors? Photograph: Inpho

This should have been one of the grand weekends of the rugby year. The Champions Cup final was due to be staged in Marseille on Saturday and a quick c(...)

Jack Crowley has received some advice on his game from Ronan O’Gara. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

The rugby posts stand like sentinels in the paddock adjoining his family home in Innishannon and that’s where Jack Crowley can be found at some point (...)

Ronan O’Gara scores a try in the 2000 Heineken Cup semi-final. Photograph: Inpho

On a glorious sunny day in Bordeaux on May 6th 2000, it was 20 years ago this week, the Red Army was born. It was also the day that Munster truly anno(...)

Leinster’s Isa Nacewa gets past Ronan O’Gara Doug Howlett and Keith Earls of Munster during the 2009 Heineken Cup semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

In the absence of all live sport, supporters of whatever hue have had no choice but to selectively choose from television’s various trips down memory (...)

Ronan O’Gara kicks the winning drop goal in Munster’s win over Northampton in the Heineken Cup   at Thomond Park in November 2011. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Phase 1 Tomás O’Leary sets the tone. Running from the back of the scrum, the Munster scrumhalf is stopped 10 metres from the visitors’ 22. The ball i(...)

Rory Best gets a send-off from fellow Irish players after his final game for Ireland at the Aviva Stadium, the World Cup warm-up against Wales in September 2019. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

“It was another one of those nights and I went in to the local chicken shop, as you do,” Rory Best says as he remembers a drunken time long before he (...)

Six Nations 19/3/2000 France vs IrelandBrian O'Driscoll is surrounded by teamates�INPHO/Billy Stickland

There’s not much to celebrate these days but March 19th 2020 marks the 20th anniversary of one of the most seismic and memorable days in the history o(...)

England’s Joe Marler is seen grabbing Wales captain Alun Wyn-Jones’s groin during England’s victory in the Six Nations at Twickenham. Photograph: Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Offside via Getty Images

One of sport’s innumerable charms is, of course, its unpredictability. So, if you’re claiming you forecast that the major talking point to come out of(...)

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