Ronan O'Gara teases possible 'dream team' link up in the future with Paul O'Connell
Ronan O'Gara has said he would be interested in working alongside former Munster and Ireland teammate Paul O'Connell in the future.
Paul O'Connell is a former Irish rugby player. He captained the Munster, Leinster, Ireland and the British ad Irish Lions teams throughout his career before retiring in 2016.
Ronan O'Gara has said he would be interested in working alongside former Munster and Ireland teammate Paul O'Connell in the future.
Mick ClearyIn the grand 'Wild Geese' traditions brought about by the Treaty of Limerick in the...
Mick ClearyBrian O'Driscoll has explained why he feels Paul O'Connell and Ronan O'Gara will never form a management dream team.
Cian TraceyPaul O'Connell has refused to rule out taking on a potential coaching role with...
Cian TraceySome mornings when he wakes up, Paul O'Connell is certain that coaching is the...
Sam Roberts It was an inauspicious return to professional rugby for Paddy Jackson as his Perpignan side were well-beaten by Stade Francais in their opening Top 14 game this afternoon.
Sean McGoldrick SLIGO woman Caroline Currid did not hit a sliotar in the All-Ireland hurling final, but she is one of the most significant members of Limerick's 20-strong management team.
John Fallon Paul O'Connell arrived in Paris last night to begin his coaching career with Stade Francais.
Nick Purewal Former Ireland captain Paul O'Connell has been named as forwards coach by Top 14 side Stade Francais.
Cian Tracey Paul O’Connell is set to leave his advisory role with the Munster Academy, as the former Ireland captain ponders his next move.
Last week, Galway club St Mary’s was suspended from all juvenile hurling and football activity until it complies with the findings of a recent GAA investigation. The hearing followed over a year of claims and counter-claims which have rocked the fabled hurling nursery.
Gordon Deegan Pre-tax profits more than doubled to €2.45m last year at the Irish arm of WH Smith as the company benefited from record numbers of passengers going through Dublin Airport.
Gordon Deegan Accumulated profits at the commercial firm owned by Irish rugby legend Paul O'Connell last year jumped by almost €200,000 to €1.57m.
Munster legend Paul O'Connell has highlighted the mammoth task ahead of Munster as they take on French giants Toulon in the Champions Cup at Thomond Park today (kick off 3.15).
Cian Tracey Tommy O'Brien has been part of leadership groups throughout his fledgling career but captaining teams is not something he is used to.
Cian Tracey As this year's crop of Ireland U-20s prepare for their final competitive game on home soil, they will do so with plenty of regrets, but also safe in the knowledge that they have learned a...
Cian Tracey He didn't exactly show it, but in the last 10 minutes on Saturday James Ryan has never been as nervous.
Cian Tracey The offers have not been in short supply, and while for a brief period, post-retirement, Paul O'Connell toyed with the idea of turning his full attention to interests outside rugby, a few...
Paul Kimmage What happened to all of our great rugby folk? They used to be the bravest, toughest and brightest people in sport but they're as bad as footballers now when it comes to playing dumb or diving for cover.
Independent.ie Newsdesk It's going to be a busy Christmas in the O'Connell household.
Vincent Hogan The Monday after Ireland's emphatic 2014 November series victory over South Africa, Paul O'Connell remembers Joe Schmidt's video review as an "edge-of-your-seat" exercise that left the players...
Cian Tracey South Africa's scrum coach Matt Proudfoot is in the middle of explaining how players can benefit from leaving their system before returning to play for the Springboks, when he says: "Jean did it...
Ruaidhri O’Connor Looking down at the warm-ups at the Aviva Stadium last Saturday, it was curious to note the outlier in the Munster ranks.
David Kelly When the Lions last toured New Zealand, something coach Mike Ford said resonated strongly at the time, but was submerged by the chaos of 'Speargate' and the equally grotesque spin operation that...
Jack O'Toole Munster's Peter O'Mahony will become the 11th Irishman to captain a British & Irish Lions Test side after he was named ahead of tour captain Sam Warburton for the Lions opening Test against the All...
Samantha McCaughren Pinergy, the pay-as-you-go electricity company, is expanding its services in order to target the SME market. The company, whose investors include the family of Peter Coates, one of Britain's...
Samantha McCaughren Enda Gunnell speaks professionally and seriously about his energy company Pinergy, originally a play on pay-as-you go metered electricity. And it is not until Munster rugby is mentioned that the Tipperary man's eyes light up. So it is difficult to not be a little bit sceptical when he says he had nothing to do with Paul O'Connell...
Julian Bennetts Paul O'Connell has criticised the British and Irish Lions' schedule as they head to New Zealand, saying the tourists should have been given more time to prepare to take on the All Blacks.
Harry Clarke George North has spilled the beans on Paul O'Connell - the Irish legend sings Shakira's Hips Don't Lie while in the shower.
Jack O'Toole Former Ireland and Lions second-row Paul O'Connell has said that Welsh Rugby's all-time leading try scorer Shane Williams was the first man he ever saw with a hair straightener when the two roomed...
Michael Verney Despite the fanfare surrounding Kerry's Division 1 league final defeat of Dublin three weeks ago, Philly McMahon insists the back-to-back All-Ireland winners won't be hitting the panic button and will stick...
Gordon Deegan Accumulated profits at the commercial firm owned by Irish rugby legend Paul O'Connell during the final year of his illustrious playing career climbed to €1.38m.
Rory Tevlin Rugby hero Paul O'Connell was joined by former teammates Alan Quinlan and Ronan O'Gara as he was honoured for his contribution to rugby by prominent charity Haven.
Independent.ie Newsdesk Ireland's Six Nations campaign draws to a close on Saturday evening as Joe Schmidt's side look to halt a rampant England side at the Aviva Stadium.
Julian Bennetts Grand Slam showdowns between Ireland and England in Dublin can make people do strange things.
Julian Bennetts Grand Slam showdowns between Ireland and England in Dublin can make people do strange things.
Will Slattery This weekend doesn't just herald the start of the 2017 Six Nations - it also marks the beginning of a deluge of hypothetical Lions test teams as pundits and journalists use Six Nations form to forecast...
Rugby star Paul O'Connell admits that his first sporting love was swimming.
Chai Brady With millions of adoring fans, Conor McGregor has become the most coveted Irish celebrity for marketing companies.
David Kelly "Ah, I'm grand." Such a familiar Irish response, and so Irish in that it says so little yet reveals so much. And the question is often delivered with as much disinterest as the answer.
Independent.ie Business Desk Here's a look at what it says in this morning's business pages
Adrian Weckler Book publishers saw double-digit sales growth in Ireland last year as print title sales continue to accelerate after years of decline.
Brendan Fanning Paul O'Connell used to maintain that his worst day as a professional rugby player would be better than having to earn a crust in the outside world. And in fairness to him, he's had a few rough days as a player. O'Connell is not alone in this clarity when separating sport from civvy street. Ask Andrew Trimble.
Daragh Small Munster 'A' coach Pete Malone says Paul O'Connell is having a massive impact on the younger players coming through the Munster system.
Independent.ie Newsdesk A new world rugby visitor centre will be established in Limerick, headed up by former Ireland and Munster captain, Paul O'Connell.
Amy Molloy You just never know where Paul O’Connell could pop up.
In the four years since Keith Earls ran in two birthday tries at the Rugby World Cup against Italy, the Munster flyer has missed 29 months of Test rugby, had two children and got engaged.
Ruaidhri O'Connor To some, Keith Earls is living the dream but Ireland's form player is simply keeping the wolf from the door.
Independent.ie Newsdesk The Ireland World Cup squad have moved into a new World Cup location and captain Paul O'Connell was greeted with a touching family picture on arrival.
Ireland fear Sergio Parisse could "change the dynamic" of their pivotal World Cup battle with Italy.
Ireland fear Sergio Parisse could "change the dynamic" of their pivotal World Cup battle with Italy.
Nick Purewal Can Devin Toner make a selection statement?
Ruaidhri O'Connor Joe Schmidt has backed the World Cup's oldest side to deliver a second victory for Ireland as he looks to build on the momentum generated last week against Canada by beating Romania.
Cian Tracey "Sometimes it takes a bit longer for guys to mature into their bodies." Leo Cullen's summation of Devin Toner's progress over the last few years couldn't be more apt.
David Wallace I was engrossed in the opening weekend of the Rugby World Cup, and Ireland's win over Canada was arguably the most clinical performance of all.
John Fallon New Munster signing Mark Chisholm is hopeful he can make an impact with the Reds over the next two seasons.
Independent.ie Newsdesk Paul O'Connell used Ireland's official welcome to the Rugby World Cup this week to have a dig at the back's in Joe Schmidt's squad.
Declan Whooley Ireland captain Paul O'Connell used a captive audience to poke fun at the backs within the Irish squad when he revealed what the players will be up to on their day off.
Ruaidhri O'Connor Ireland are content to exist on the margins of this World Cup for the time being and this week have removed themselves from the maelstrom.
Independent.ie Newsdesk Former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton shouldn't take any offence, but Ireland captain Paul O'Connell is not over-joyed with the choice of picture in his current hotel room.
Ruaidhri O'Connor Put 68,520 people in the Millennium Stadium and close the roof, it doesn't take long before it feels claustrophobic.
Nick Purewal Rory Best believes "genetic freak" Iain Henderson has limitless Test match potential.
Rory Best believes "genetic freak" Iain Henderson has limitless Test match potential.
Gareth Morgan Irish rugby fans nearly blew the roof off the iconic Millennium Stadium yesterday as our Rugby World Cup odyssey got underway in fine style.
Brendan Fanning If the IRFU ever considered hiring another country's national stadium for the afternoon, for a party based around a rugby match, then this is how it would look. Never before have we been in the...
Barry Lennon Joe Schmidt intends to make changes to the Ireland team to face Romania in his side's next World Cup clash, despite today's comprehensive win over Canada.
Jamie Cudmore's cheap yellow card gifted Ireland the ideal World Cup start as Joe Schmidt's men overwhelmed Canada 50-7 in Cardiff.
Maybe he was a bit over enthusiastic but Paul O'Connell could not help himself when he tried to retrieve the ball from an offside position and he was sent to the bin.
Cian Tracey Canada captain Jamie Cudmore insists that he isn't concerned with his previous battles with Paul O'Connell
Alan Quinlan It's hard to imagine a more exciting time for rugby players than the days before a World Cup starts. I looked at the team as they headed off from Dublin Airport on Wednesday evening and the joy on...
Ger Keville The World Cup is finally here and for rugby’s biggest tournament, we at Independent.ie will bring you the biggest names and best coverage over the next seven weeks.
Cian Tracey in Cardiff Joe Schmidt has placed his trust in him and now Iain Henderson is determined to repay the Ireland coach by continuing his excellent preseason form.
Iain Henderson can come of Test-match age in Ireland's World Cup opener against Canada in Cardiff, according to Les Kiss.
Daragh Small With six star names gone to the Rugby World Cup, there is a real promise of opportunity around the Munster camp these days.
Johnny O'Connor There's just one day to go until Paul O'Connell leads his Ireland side out onto the pitch in the Millennium Stadium to face Canada.
John Fallon Munster head into the first of the breaks for the World Cup in good fettle after CJ Stander's late try secured victory away to Ospreys on Sunday afternoon.
George Hook The shortest war in history was fought between the United Kingdom and the Zanzibar Sultanate on August 27, 1896.
Independent.ie Newsdesk Ireland captain Paul O’Connell may be busying himself and his colleagues for their World Cup opener against Canada, but appreciates preparations back home are every bit as intense.
Ruaidhri O'Connor Joe Schmidt looks set to reward Iain Henderson's flying form with a World Cup start against Canada on Saturday.
Emma Jane Hade Wales is only a hop, skip and jump across the sea, but the short journey marks the beginning of an epic bid for glory for the Irish rugby team.
So what will the Irish rugby team get up to off the pitch during their time in England and Wales for the World Cup? In 2007 it was bungee-jumping and white water rafting.
Ruaidhri O'Connor and Cian Tracey Yes, says Ruaidhri O'Connor. Joe Schmidt is an assiduous reader of all things written about his Ireland team, so when he leafed through his cuttings on Monday morning he would have come across Rory...
Alan Quinlan assesses how the key figures in Joe Schmidt’s drive for glory are shaping up and reveals why Dave Kearney’s swashbuckling late charge for inclusion has been inspiring
Ruaidhri O’Connor IF IT is a familiar feeling, it's because it comes at four-year intervals. That sense of hope laced with dread - the Irish rugby fans' cocktail of choice come World Cup time.
Vincent Hogan He is two people really, two strangers it can be a struggle to reconcile. Out of a tracksuit, Joe Schmidt emits the bashfulness of a scout being lauded for a perfect reef knot. Chat-show...
Peter O'Mahony has vowed Ireland will not let Canada enforcer Jamie Cudmore turn Saturday's World Cup opener into a series of sideshow skirmishes.
Independent.e Newsdesk Sporting lists never fail to ignite discussion and The Telegraph's Top 100 rugby players certainly does that and makes for interesting viewing from an Irish perspective.
Bairbre Power We met up with some of Ireland's biggest stars ahead of the Rugby World Cup and asked them to answer questions submitted by our readers. First up was Robbie Henshaw.
Ruaidhri O'Connor Hosts England got the ball rolling yesterday evening and, for the rest of the week, much of the focus of the debate around the Rugby World Cup will centre on selection.
Ruaidhri O'Connor There are three of them now, the ghosts of World Cups past. Paul O'Connell, Eoin Reddan and Rory Best will patrol the Irish squad this week, watching for familiar signs of complacency, delving into...
Brendan Fanning If you recall the opening of the Aviva Stadium in 2010, you'll remember that the game that lifted the curtain on the new venue was a bit of a makey-uppy.
Bairbre Power We asked Irish Independent readers what they wanted to ask three Irish rugby heroes about, ahead of the Rugby World Cup. Bairbre Power met them and posed your questions
Just try to imagine the reaction back home if Ireland were to win the World Cup. There would be bedlam. The celebrations would go on for weeks. The reception for the returning heroes would be as if JFK, the Pope and the World Cup 90 soccer stars all arrived at Dublin Airport together. Wherever they went, the triumphant players would be mobbed like The Beatles.
As Jamie Heaslip gazes around the familiar surroundings of the Dublin café that he hopes remains one of his hidden gems, the demands of what is to come in the next two months is put to one side for now.
Tony Ward If victory over Ireland is being acknowledged as a launch-pad moment for England then what does defeat mean for us?
Ruaidhri O'Connor They are in a strange sort of limbo now, waiting for the real thing to kick off. Twickenham is never a nice place to lose, but having avoided the hammering that looked on the cards early on,...
Brendan Fanning On the day before Paul O'Connell's final Test match in the Aviva stadium last weekend, the Ireland captain was dealing with the media, and trying to dodge the inevitable. The emotional furrow...
Brendan Fanning The prelude to this Test match before a full house at Twickenham yesterday featured what can best be described as a giddy up version of Ireland's Call. It didn't make a bad song any better. Rather it...
Barry Lennon PAUL O’CONNELL has said that ‘alarm bells don’t need to ring’ after Ireland’s 21-13 defeat to England in Twickenham.
Independent.ie Newsdesk Given it is World Cup time and there is but one show in town, the goings-on at Pro12 level tend to slip under the radar.
Paul O'Connell has admitted Ireland are a "long, long way away" from winning the Rugby World Cup after last week's defeat to Wales in Dublin.
Ruaidhri O'Connor Usually, when Ireland take on England at Twickenham it is all about the result, but this weekend's final World Cup warm-up game is all about performance, according to Joe Schmidt.
Independent.ie Newsdesk Paul O'Connell was recently on hand to launch the new Munster Association of Referees (MAR) recruitment campaign at the Sports Arena in University of Limerick.
John Fallon Donncha O'Callaghan's move to Worcester marks the end of an era but Munster coach Anthony Foley is hoping his charges can write their own legacy this season.
Ruaidhri O'Connor Joe Schmidt looks set to follow Stuart Lancaster's lead and name his strongest side possible for Saturday's final warm-up game against England at Twickenham.
Cian Tracey Devin Toner was perhaps the most uncomfortable spectator inside the Aviva Stadium last Saturday as he watched Iain Henderson put in a performance that reiterated just how close he is to a place in...
Independent.ie Newsdesk George Hook believes Joe Schmidt's Six Nations champions have no chance of lifting the William Webb Ellis trophy when the tournament kicks off later this month.
Iain Henderson was moving house this weekend - 24 hours after effectively making himself an immovable World Cup option for Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt.
Cian Tracey It began as a day for Irish supporters to laud one talismanic second-row on what was his final international appearance on home soil and it finished with another giving a glimpse into what the future holds.
Will Slattery Do you remember how it all started?
Ireland captain Paul O'Connell struggled to mask his disappointment after he said farewell to Test rugby in Dublin on a losing note.
Barry Lennon PAUL O'CONNELL led his son Paddy on to the pitch after his last Ireland game on home soil which ended in defeat to Wales.
Leigh Halfpenny kicked Wales to victory over Ireland at the Aviva Stadium in a high-octane World Cup preparation game that took its toll on both sets of players.
Will Slattery Paul O'Connell's final appearance in an Ireland jersey on home soil ended in defeat. See how the players got on in their final chance for players to book their place on the plane for the World Cup.
Ruaidhri O'Connor Ireland captain Paul O'Connell has admitted that Joe Schmidt's final 31-man World Cup squad selection has been a topic of discussion in the dressing-room this week, but he wants those in need of a...
Tom Rooney With Joe Schmidt required to name his 31-man World Cup squad on Monday, opportunity knocks for a significant number of the Irish players who will take the field for tomorrow’s penultimate warm...
Ireland captain Paul O'Connell wants it to be a case of business as usual when he makes his Dublin farewell as a Test match player on Saturday.
Ruaidhri O'Connor Paul O’Connell has revealed how he has been pretending to be a French or English rugby player, but not in training, providing opposition to his fellow Ireland squad members but when taking...
Daragh Small The mural reads: 'Tall and proud, Munster to the bone, but Toulon don't forget, he's only on loan'. Occasionally, traces of his voice can still be heard around the gym in UL, but Munster must now plan...
Ireland coach Joe Schmidt will use Saturday's warm-up clash with Wales as a last chance to tinker with his World Cup squad.
Ruaidhri O'Connor Although life after Paul O'Connell has effectively already begun at Munster, the Ireland captain's frequent visits to the gym and pitch at the University of Limerick means it can be hard to get your head...
Cormac Byrne Ireland outhalf Jonathan Sexton believes the nature of Paul O'Connell's move to France will be one that Irish players could replicate in the future.
Ruaidhri O'Connor The Rugby World Cup is now just one month away and, for those with tickets or simply looking forward to taking in as much of the competition as possible, it's time to get excited.
Ruaidhri O'Connor Johnny Sexton, Conor Murray, Robbie Henshaw and Rob Kearney are among Ireland's front-liners set to return to action against Wales on Saturday week as Joe Schmidt continues to work towards his final...
David Kelly After last week's walk in the park, Ireland decided to go for another on Saturday. And so the Irish rugby team took a lunchtime mosey around St Stephen's Green.
Alan Quinlan One of the most painful injuries I suffered was in the Sportsground in Galway four years ago when I dislocated my elbow. One minute I'm running around, doing what I'm meant to do, and the next...
Independent.ie Newsdesk With all 20 teams competing at this autumn's Rugby World Cup due to name their 31-man squads for the competition in the coming weeks, the Daily Telegraph has chosen the best squad from all the...
Independent.ie Newsdesk Ireland skipper Paul O'Connell has been named the named The Guinness Rugby Writers of Ireland Player of the Year at the annual Guinness Rugby Writers of Ireland Awards dinner at the Guinness...
Cian Tracey Scott Quinnell had a few battles with Paul O'Connell when the Ireland captain was emerging onto the scene, and the former Wales skipper is full of admiration for his old foe.
Ruaidhri O'Connor By agreeing to allow Paul O'Connell move to Toulon at the end of last season, Munster were leaving themselves short of second-rows for the new season and with little time to recruit a replacement.
Cormac Byrne George Hook believes Ireland are two injuries away from being World Cup no-hopers and isn't confident Joe Schmidt's side can topple France to avoid the All Blacks in the last eight.
Cormac Byrne Leading rugby expert Brent Pope believes the delay in appointing a Head Coach at Leinster is hurting the province.
Munter have begun the process of trying to fill the massive void left by the departure of Paul O'Connell by signing Australian lock Mark Chisholm.
Vincent Hogan His intelligence is simply too keen for trash-talk ever to become a natural refuge, so Andy Lee can't help but chuckle at the adversarial message now rolling from his lips.
Cian Tracey Peter Stringer has backed Paul O'Connell's decision to leave Munster for Toulon.
Declan Whooley While the enormous financial clout of French club rugby continues to attract the finest rugby players from right around the globe, the highest earners still fall a long way short of their football...
Cormac McQuinn Aa a location for giving birth, the deck of the Lé Niamh is "not ideal", in the words of the ship's medic Paul O'Connell.
Denise Calnan A rescued woman went into labour and gave birth four weeks early on the LE Niamh this afternoon.
Mark O'Regan It was a day in Irish sporting folklore that transcended politics.
A huge mural dedicated to Munster and Ireland legend Paul O'Connell has been unveiled in Limerick.
Cian Tracey The moment he uses the word 'we' when talking about Toulon, the realisation hits home that Paul O'Connell will soon be gone from these shores.
Ireland captain Paul O'Connell won't be available to Ireland in an injury crisis and is adamant that his international career will end after this autumn's Rugby World Cup.
Independent.ie Newsdesk Canterbury have today launched the jersey that Paul O'Connell and his team-mates will be wearing during this year's World Cup.
A huge banner has appeared in Limerick today to honour Paul O'Connell after he ended his playing days with Munster.
Rhys Ruddock's second broken arm in six months has cost the Leinster flanker a place in Ireland's World Cup squad.
David Kelly Keith Wood doesn't hoard many mementoes from his rugby career in his Killaloe home.
Independent.ie Newsdesk Toulon head coach Bernard Laporte has described how the French giants wore down Paul O'Connell's resistance to a move to the Top 14.
Declan Whooley Leinster backrower Jamie Heaslip says that Paul O'Connell's presence in the Toulon squad will add extra spice when the sides meet in next season's Champions Cup pool stages.
Independent.ie Newsdesk Three-time Heineken Cup champions Leinster were handed a huge task to reach the knockout stages of the Champions Cup after today's draw in Switzerland.
Declan Whooley Ireland captain Paul O'Connell feared that his move to Toulon was in jeopardy after the Top 14 giants "went cold" for no reason last week, before the deal was concluded on deadline day.
Nick Purewal Paul O'Connell has "changed beyond belief" in a late-career surge that has earned him his two-year move to Toulon, according to Reggie Corrigan.
Cian Tracey Paul O'Connell has been confirmed as Toulon's latest stellar signing after the talismanic second-row put pen to paper with the all-conquering French club.
Ireland captain Paul O'Connell has finalised his two-year deal to join triple European champions Toulon after the autumn's World Cup, Press Association Sport understands.
Independent.ie Newsdesk Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal has confirmed that Paul O’Connell has signed a two-year contract with the Top 14 club.
Eamonn Sweeney I remember going to Limerick to interview Paul O'Connell several years ago. We were due to meet at ten o'clock and at 20 to ten he rang me on the mobile. "I'm very sorry about this," he said, "but I'm going to be ten minutes late."
Declan Whooley Broadcaster George Hook has said it would have been "crass" of the IRFU to hold Paul O'Connell to his contract and joked he'd move abroad for the money if he was in the Ireland captain's position.
Independent.ie Newsdesk Munster have revealed the final list of eleven players that will not be part of their squad next season.
Ruaidhri O'Connor Over the course of his glittering career in red and green, few have stood in Paul O'Connell's way and lived to tell the tale.
Ruaidhri O'Connor The IRFU have cleared the way for Paul O'Connell to complete his €1.2m move to Toulon by agreeing to release the Ireland captain from his contract after this year's World Cup campaign comes to an end.
Independent.ie Newsdesk The IRFU today confirmed that Ireland captain and Munster legend Paul O'Connell is to be allowed leave his contract early, but was it right decision?
Paul O'Connell will play his final game for Ireland at this autumn's World Cup after the Irish Rugby Football Union confirmed he has been granted early release from his contract.
Independent.ie Newsdesk The IRFU and Munster have expectedly confirmed that Paul O'Connell will be released from his contract at Munster after this autumn's Rugby World Cup and will be retiring from international rugby.
Tony Ward This was not quite as rudderless or soulless as the performance at Saracens, but Munster came up substantially short when it really mattered for the second time this season.
Ruaidhri O'Connor Anthony Foley says Munster will look to recruit a replacement for Paul O'Connell when the second-row confirms his departure from the province.
Ruaidhri O'Connor This was a reminder that Munster, more than any of their rivals, need their biggest names in the biggest games.
Brendan Fanning Munster's bid for what would have been their fourth league title fell well short at Ravenhill last night against a Glasgow side lifting the Pro 12 trophy for the first time as Paul O'Connell bid an...
Neil Francis Just like Brian O'Driscoll we knew this day was coming and now that it has happened most of us are unwilling or unable to countenance the consequences. Yesterday was the great man's final game in red.
Glasgow deservedly won the Guinness PRO12 title for the first time and became the first Scottish side to win the league with a 31-13 victory over Munster at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast on Saturday.
Independent.ie Newsdesk Paul O'Connell will bring the curtain down on a glittering career with Munster today in the Guinness PRO12 Final against Glasgow and here is a brief reminder of his career in red.
Ruaidhri O'Connor When Denis Hurley stood on the podium in Cardiff and watched Paul O'Connell and Ronan O'Gara lift the 2008 Heineken Cup, he must have felt like the good days would run and run.
Tony Ward If it's true what they say about learning more in defeat than victory then Munster beware.
Billy Keane Paul O'Connell doesn't like fuss. Our hero gets on with the job, and so he didn't flag his last match in Thomond.
Sinead Kissane 'How much time is left?" It was a question Paul O'Connell asked one of the Munster fitness coaches at training earlier this week. One of the first players out for training as always, O'Connell had already...
Ruaidhri O'Connor This evening in Belfast, Paul O'Connell brings the curtain down on a glorious chapter in Munster's history. Unfortunately, he'll do so without two crucial members of his supporting cast.
Paul O'Connell is expected to complete a two-year deal to join Toulon after the World Cup, following Saturday's Guinness PRO12 final with Munster.
Dave Kilcoyne After a long 48-week season I'm glad that it's all ending with a final and the chance for silverware. We are extremely proud of the fact that we got to this stage after 23 rounds but all our hard work...
Matt Cassidy Munster legend Paul O'Connell says his best memories of wearing the famous red shirt were the titanic Thomond Park battles against old English foes Gloucester and Sale Sharks in the Heineken Cup.
David Wallace David Wallace has said that Paul O'Connell has earned the right to end his rugby career with a bumper move to Toulon.
Jerry Flannery We've been in cup rugby mode now for a few weeks and last week was crunch time for us in Thomond Park.
Ruaidhri O'Connor Munster are judged by the number of trophies they add to their cabinet each season according to captain Peter O'Mahony and, after a number of fallow years, the Ireland flanker wants to get back to winning ways.
Declan Whooley A career-ending move to Toulon would bring a different kind of pressure for Paul O'Connell, but would be an intriguing opportunity for the Ireland captain says Keith Wood.
Ruaidhri O'Connor Anthony Foley knows a thing or two about preparing for finals from his playing days. He knows all about the distractions that can interfere with a player's preparation, the emotions that can...
Ruaidhri O'Connor So it was goodbye after all, but there's one last lap for Paul O'Connell as a Munster player as he looks to cap off a glittering provincial career with another medal in Belfast on Saturday.
Brendan Fanning Hard to know who was more relieved at Thomond Park yesterday: Pro12 Rugby or Munster themselves. In a scarcely credible finish to a decidedly odd game, the home team did everything in their...
Brendan Fanning Munster went the hard way around securing their spot in the Guinness Pro12 final against Glasgow on Saturday.
Independent.ie Newsdesk The curtain came down on the Thomond Park career of Paul O'Connell today as they secured a place in next week's Guinness Pro12 final at the Ospreys expense.
Ruaidhri O’Connor MUNSTER are hopeful that the damage to Conor Murray’s knee will not threaten his World Cup preparations after he limped off during the first-half of their narrow win over Ospreys in the Guinness...
It is the end of the Paul O'Connell era at Thomond Park.
Ruaidhri O’Connor in Thomond Park PAUL O’CONNELL led the lap of honour in celebration of what is likely to have been his last appearance as a Munster player in Thomond Park to cap a day of thorough drama in Limerick.
Ruaidhri O'Connor Over the course of a long and, at times, difficult season, Anthony Foley has remained on an even keel. Today, at Thomond Park, his first campaign will be defined.
Cormac Byrne Paul O'Connell may play in Thomond Park for a final time when he lines out for Munster in their Guinness Pro12 semi-final against the Ospreys.
Independent.ie Newsdesk Munster coach Anthony Foley welcomes back captain Peter O'Mahony and winger Simon Zebo for tomorrow's Guinness PRO12 semi-final against Ospreys at Thomond Park (ko 2.30pm)
Cian Tracey Paul O'Connell could be set for his final appearance at Thomond Park when Munster take on the Ospreys in the Pro12 semi-final tomorrow as Toulon step up their efforts to sign the Ireland captain after...
Daragh Small A rampant Munster devoured Dragons at Irish Independent Park and sealed a vital home semi-final against Ospreys next Saturday along the way.
Conor Murray ran in a hat-trick of tries as Munster hammered the Newport Gwent Dragons 50-27 at Irish Independent Park to book a home Guinness PRO12 play-off.
David Kelly EIGHT-TRY Munster booked themselves a home semi-final against after Ospreys failed to match their spanking Irish Independent Park bonus point win meaning the sides will meet next Saturday afternoon in...
Sinead Kissane A home Rugby World Cup ups the ante for more game-time and off-the-field support.
David Kelly Paul O'Connell doesn't know if he will ever grace Cork's playing fields again but the Ireland captain will be determined to finish the regular season on a high at Irish Independent Park.
Paul O'Connell is probably the most popular sports figure in the country right now.
David Kelly Ireland captain Paul O'Connell has revealed that his retirement decision will not be based on whether or not Munster or Ireland are successful - and admitted that he never thought he would still be...
David Kelly When Paul O'Connell was last hailed by his peers - and nine years seems an indecently long time for it to happen given his extraordinary influence on Irish teams - his mantelpiece was hardly weighed down with silverware.
Ireland captain Paul O'Connell was in top form at the annual IRUPA Awards at the Doubletree Hilton in Dublin.
Neil Francis I wrote a couple of weeks ago that there was very little point in replacing Matt O'Connor as Leinster coach until they found someone better, but with every passing performance from this Leinster...
Declan Whooley Brian O'Driscoll believes that Paul O'Connell would be the ideal man to propel Toulon to a fourth successive European crown, but will the Ireland captain move to France?
Ger Keville Brian O'Driscoll has urged Paul O'Connell to take the offer from Toulon and end his rugby career in France.
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