Saturday 16 February 2019

And Max makes five: Ronan O'Gara and wife Jessica welcome a baby son

Ronan O'Gara and his wife Jessica at the testimonial dinner in The Park Lane Hilton in Central London earlier this year.
Ronan O'Gara and his wife Jessica at the testimonial dinner in The Park Lane Hilton in Central London earlier this year.
Ronan O'Gara and his wife Jessica moved to France from Cork last summer.
Ronan O'Gara and his wife Jessica at the wedding of Laura Priestley Johnny Sexton in Adare Co Limerick
Jessica and Ronan O'Gara have welcomed their fifth child in Paris
Ronan O'Gara and wife Jessica

Ralph Riegel

RUGBY star Ronan O’Gara and his wife, Jessica, are celebrating the birth of their fifth child.

The former Ireland and Munster star, who is now coaching with Racing Metro in Paris, was by his wife’s side as she gave birth to their newest son.

Little Max was born last Sunday night in a Paris maternity hospital.

Both baby and mother are said to be doing very well and are expected to return home within 24 hours.

Max is the O’Gara’s fifth child and has already been introduced to his siblings, twins Rua and Molly (5), JJ (5) and Zac (1).

Max’s grandfather, Cork auctioneer Dominic Daly, said they were “delighted” with the news and excited about meeting their new grandson.

The couple were swamped by messages of congratulations from Ireland with Ronan currently working on a multi-year coaching contract with the famous Paris club.

His wife and children moved from Rochestown in Cork to set up home in Paris with Ronan last summer.

The former Ireland and Munster star took up duties with Racing Metro on July 1.

Ireland’s record points scorer agreed the deal last summer after meet with Racing’s multi-millionaire owner Jacky Lorenzetti at a London hotel.

The contract, reported to be worth over €300,000, will see O’Gara play a key role in coaching at the Paris club.

He is also playing a key role in assisting Racing’s former Leinster star, Johnny Sexton.

The former Cork Constitution, Munster, Ireland and Lions star revealed that his burning long-term ambition now is to coach his beloved Munster.

He feels it will take five years or more of international coaching experience before he is ready, potentially with Paul O’Connell, to be in contention for the Munster coach’s job.

“It would be a great honour – of course it is something I would love to do,” he said.

The star said that Munster rugby has been part and parcel of his life for almost two decades and he will continue to proudly wear Munster red as a supporter.

“That’s why the games against Harlequins and Clermont-Auvergne were so important (last year). I went out at the height of my game. It was just frustrating (that Munster didn’t make the Heineken Cup final). That was it was burning deep inside me to do well.”

But he said he has no regrets over calling time on his playing career.

“To be honest, it has been a bit of a relief since I retired. The body is still fine but I was putting myself under a lot of mental pressure to perform and to help the team. I was pushing myself. That is why when you don’t win it hurts so much. But I think people respected me for that (commitment).”

Former Ireland and Lions star, Donal Lenihan, hailed Ronan O’Gara as one of the all-time greats of the Munster and Irish game.

The star, having won every honour in the game, has received multiple awards in his native Cork including a special civic reception in his honour.

Last year, a special tribute dinner in his honour proved a sell-out success with almost 1,000 guests in attendance.

He remains the record points scorer in the Six Nations championship.

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Irish Independent

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