The scrum half has today announced that he has retired from the sport.
O’Leary began his professional career with Munster in 2005 and enjoyed huge success with the province winning two Heineken cups in 2006 and 2008.
In 2009, O’Leary was chosen to go on the Lions tour to South Africa after an impressive season with Ireland, helping them win the Grand Slam, but unfortunately never went after he broke his ankle playing with Munster towards the end of the season.
Over a career spanning more than a decade, the Dolphin clubman has played over 200 games in the Guinness Pro12, the Aviva Premiership and the Top14 for Munster, London Irish and most recently Montpelier.
In a statement released today via O’Leary’s company website, Told and Co. he said:
“I would like to take this opportunity to announce my retirement from professional rugby. I have had an incredible career from my academy days in Munster to my last game in Montpellier, all of which have been truly fulfilling. I have realised my ambition of representing Munster and Ireland. Wearing the red and green jerseys has been a real honour.
“Highlights that stand out are the two Heineken Cup victories with Munster and winning the Grand Slam in 2009 with Ireland. However, the most fulfilling experience is the unique bond and friendships I experienced through rugby. This comradery is what I will miss the most. For this, I would like to thank all of my teammates who I have had the pleasure of working with throughout my career.A special mention has to go to the supporters in both Munster and Ireland, they were incredible to play for and represent. The spirit they have helped to create with the team is unparalleled and the atmospheres created by them enhanced and defined some of the biggest moments of my career.“Particular thanks to Munster rugby and the IRFU for helping me achieve my dreams. Through rugby I also got the opportunity to live and play abroad. Playing in the Premiership with London Irish and in the Top 14 with Montpellier were unbelievable experiences for my family and I. I deeply appreciate the input and help from all of my coaches and medical staff throughout my entire career. There are too many to mention but the influence my school CBC and my club Dolphin had on my development was integral to my success.“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of my family and friends for their support. In particular I would like to thank my wife Julie, for her constant belief and support. My parents Geraldine and Sean have been an incredible support throughout my life and my success in sport would not have been possible without their support. Thanks also to my agent Niall Woods of Navy Blue who advised me and helped make my career so enjoyable.“I retire from professional rugby happy and content that it is time to move on and embrace future careers. I look forward to continuing to grow our businesses, TOLD & CO. and Redzone recruitment plus looking at new opportunities. Rugby has played such a huge role in my life and I’m truly grateful to all those who helped make the journey so special. I’m excited to continue supporting Munster and Ireland and look forward to seeing what’s in store for them!”Tomas