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Dundalk v Cobh Pirates

Pic taken by Ciaran Culligan,

All Ireland Junior Cup Round 8 Dundalk v Cobh Pirates, Mill Road (Saturday 2:30) Scene Set The unbeaten league leaders in Leinster host a Cobh Pirates side that made great progress last year but have failed to spark this season. The time seems right for Dundalk to make a big impact in this competition, there […]

Monivea v Coolmine


All Ireland Junior Cup Round 1 Monivea v Coolmine, Castle Grounds (Saturday 2:30) Scene Set Again the fanfare might not be as predominant in this fixture, no team has more experience of out of province rugby (between the All Ireland Cup and Round Robin qualifiers) than Monivea. Coolmine are well used to All Ireland Cup […]

Enniscorthy v Portadown

ail junior cup final 2014

All Ireland Junior Cup – Round 1 Enniscorthy v Portadown, Ross Road (Saturday 2:30) Scene Set A rematch of last year’s semi final. This game will have a little less fanfare and feel a little bit more like a run of the mill Cup clash because these two sides know the competition inside out and […]

Clogher Valley v Clondalkin

Clogher Valley

All Ireland Junior Cup – Round 1 Clogher Valley v Clondalkin, The Cran (Saturday 2:30) Scene Set It’s hard to imagine any team with a more driven mission to win this competition than Clogher Valley after coming within centimetres of glory last season. They are back on the trail again this weekend starting at home […]

Newcastle West v OLBC

Newcastle West

All Ireland Junior Cup – Round 1 Newcastle West v OLBC, Newcastle West (Saturday 2:30) Scene Set A new dawn in Newcastle West as they embark on their first ever All Ireland Cup campaign. The visitors are Galway city side OLBC and they’ll receive a great welcome in the Limerick town but might find the […]

Connemara v St Mary’s

Connemara OLBC

All Ireland Junior Cup Connemara v St Mary’s, Monastery Field, Clifden (Saturday 2:30) For a few hours on Saturday, rugby aficionados in the west coast town of Clifden will feel like all is right in the world again. A chilly morning in the picturesque town, winter on the way and a whole host of rugby […]

Clonmel v Bangor

Stephen Pyke scores one of his two tries in Clonmel's 51-14 win over Kinsale on Sunday

All Ireland Junior Cup – Round 1 Clonmel v Bangor, Ardgaoithe, Clonmel (Saturday 2:30) Scene set This is exactly the kind of novel and fascinating fixture that makes this competition so compelling. Two rising forces in two very different provinces. Bangor, the former AIL club finally back at the top table and making their debut […]

CIYMS v Ballinasloe

Connacht Junior League Division 1A Ballinasloe RFC V OLBC RFC. 1/9/2013. Ballinasloe. Ballinasloe's Conor Loughrey get the pass away. © Jonathan Curran/ Sporting Occasions

All Ireland Junior Cup – Round 1 CIYMS v Ballinasloe, Belmont Park, (Saturday 2:30) Scene Set This is a big day for the east Galway club as they make their debut in the competition and they’ll want to do it justice but they face a CIYMS side that have been ruthless at home so far […]

All Ireland Cup Form Guide

Evan Lett on the charge during February's All Ireland Junior Cup final win over Clogher Valley. Pic: Voicu Duma

One of the great success stories of the IRFU in the club game in recent years has been the All Ireland Junior Cup. It started in 2005, it still doesn’t get the final venue it deserves but as the race to qualify for the 16 team tournament has shown, thecompetition has captivated clubs all around […]

Monivea 13, Connemara 17

Monivea Connemara

Connacht Division 1a Monivea 13 Connemara 17 Alan Deegan at the Castle Grounds Monivea Scorers: Cathal Laheen 1 try, Ger O’Connor 2 pens, 2 cons. Connemara Scorers: Jack Vaughan 1 try; Shane Sweeney 4 pens. The Connemara Blacks won a compelling battle against their main league title rivals Monivea at a windswept Castle Grounds on […]

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