Ronan Coughlan

The Athea Brothers who took on the world and won

By Ronan Coughlan / April 7, 2020 /

What research tells us is that sibling rivalries often produce great results, but to have one child in a family go on to reach a world stage is fantastic, but what about having two? You will have to go to the small town of Athea in Limerick in discover the Ahearne Brothers, who excelled on…

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Limerick’s Jim Hogan, a man who fulfilled his potential wearing a Great Britain singlet

By Ronan Coughlan / March 28, 2020 /

JIM HOGAN’S story in athletics is no ordinary one certainly not all plain sailing. The year was 1966 in Budapest, where the Irishman crossed over the line in his English vest, as the European Gold Medal winner with a time of 2:20:04 in the Marathon.  You’d be forgiven for reading that introduction twice upon discovering…

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WATCH: David Kilcoyne – "Get ready for a very hungry Ospreys team"

By Ronan Coughlan / January 16, 2020 /

In front of the Media this week, Munster’s David Kilcoyne looked ahead to his sides final Pool 4 clash against Ospreys this Sunday at Thomond Park. It’s been a great week for the Prop, who was included in Andy Farrell’s 35 man squad ahead of the 2020 Six Nations Championship. Off the back of a…

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Eight Munster Players included in 2020 Six Nations Squad

By Ronan Coughlan / January 15, 2020 /

Andy Farrell has made the first big decision of his career as Irish Head Coach by confirming his 35 man squad ahead of the 2020 Six Nations Championship. The squad includes 8 Munster players. Conor Murray, Jack O’Donoghue, Cj Stander, Andrew Conway, Keith Earls, Chris Farrell, Peter O’Mahony and David Kilcoyne. Among those selected is…

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Munster appoint new Head of Rugby Development

By Ronan Coughlan / January 15, 2020 /

Colm McMahon has been appointed Munster Rugby Head of Rugby Development. McMahon, who earlier this season took over as Interim Forwards Coach before Graham Rowntree’s arrival, makes the move from the Greencore Munster Rugby Academy where he has been an Elite Development Officer since 2011. A former Munster and Shannon RFC player, Colm initially joined…

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WATCH: Billy Holland on frustrations in Paris and Ospreys welcome

By Ronan Coughlan / January 15, 2020 /

Munster lock Billy Holland reflected on his side ‘frustrations’ across his sides Champions Cup Pool games so far, which is resulted in the provinces likely exit from the tournament. “Were leading after 65 minutes over in London against Saracens, were leading after 71 minutes in Paris against Racing and you come out the back of…

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WATCH: Keith Earls on Munster chances and Racing 92 class

By Ronan Coughlan / January 15, 2020 /

In front of the media this week, Munster winger Keith Earls reflected on his sides defeat to the French side in Paris last Saturday: “Against a quality team like that and a powerful and fast team like that, the smallest bit of a switch off can be devastating.” While European progression is out of Munster’s…

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HRI Weekly: McNamara records 25th career win at Fairyhouse

By Ronan Coughlan / January 13, 2020 /

Limerick Racing News Conor McNamara recorded his 25th career success when partnering the Gavin Cromwell-trained Wolf Prince to win the conditions’ hurdle at Fairyhouse on Saturday. Owned by Patrick Sheanon, the four-year-old was recording his second win when getting the better of the James Nash-trained Hammersmith to score by a length and a quarter under…

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Racing 92 prove too much for Munster in Paris

By Ronan Coughlan / January 12, 2020 /

Racing 92 have beaten Munster at the La Defense Arena this afternoon by 39-22 in Paris, picking up a bonus point try with seconds left of the clock. Racing made mistakes early on in the game to give Munster out-half JJ Hanrahan three penalties to put his side 9-0 ahead after the opening twenty minutes…

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Four Limerick sides record All Ireland League victories

By Ronan Coughlan / January 11, 2020 /

It was a positive weekend for Limerick’s All Ireland League sides on Saturday afternoon following the festive break, with four out of the six clubs in action coming away with victories. Garryowen continued to push for Division 1A top spot after a dominant 40-14 bonus-point win over UCD at home in Dooradoyle. The ‘Light Blues’…

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