Munster Articles is Closing Down


This will be the final post on I’ve loved every second of the eight years working on this site. It began as a blog about Connacht club rugby, then, slowly, over time as a site catering for all four provinces. The idea was to create something a little different. A news hub for the […]

Sharp Decline in IRFU Funding of Amateur Rugby

Westport Monivea Cup Final

In our final feature on the decline of community rugby in Ireland, Rob Murphy and Alan Deegan have dissected the IRFU’s official financial reports to illustrate a stark reality for those involved in grassroots rugby.  – LET”S take stock. Ireland are Six Nations Champions on the double, serious World Cup contenders and matching England and […]

Drop in Playing Numbers

DLSP Dundalk

In the Village magazine this month, former Leinster player Jim O’Callaghan’s outlined a key issue facing those involved in developing rugby around Ireland. The article Rugby Surrendered its Social Benefit, discusses the rapid decline of rugby at amateur level pointing to the American football model as the possible direction we are heading. This week,’s […]

All Ireland Junior Cup Draw

All Ireland Junior Cup final action between Dundalk and Bagor. Pic: Roger Corbett, Bangor RFC website photograpaher.

Ulster Bank All Ireland Junior Cup Draw The Draw for the Ulster Bank All Ireland Junior Cup has been made with the opening round games taking place on Saturday October 24 2:30. The October bank holiday weekend action promises to be fascinating with plenty of novel pairings and one or two heavyweights clashing for good […]

Information Underload

Crowd Clonmel Shannon

Less Really was More Ten years ago, the idea of being able to follow every detail of your local amateur team in your favourite sport seemed ridiculous. Five years ago, it seemed just around the corner. Today, it seems further away than ever. The vast majority of clubs in Ireland have Twitter, Facebook and web […]

Ulster Are Champions


A grand slam is a fine way to end a long wait for a Junior Inter-Provincial title and Ulster completed the job on Saturday with a highly impressive 20-7 victory over title holders Leinster at Ashbourne. From the very outset of the competition, Ulster have been a team on a mission under the guidances of […]

Shannon 33, Clonmel 19


Munster Junior Cup Final Shannon 33 Clonmel 19 Shannon are Munster Junior Cup champions after over 160 minutes of one of the more absorbing finals in the long history of the competition. After last week’s draw in Thomond Park, the action moved to Cork on Sunday and proved no less dramatic but this time, the […]

Junior Inter Pro Update


It is the final weekend of action in the Junior Inter-provincial and Ulster are on course for a long awaited title having come up just short in recent seasons. Jason Morgan’s men need just a single point from their trip to Ashbourne this weekend where they’ll face a Leinster side chasing a first win. Even […]

PODCAST: Munster Junior Cup

Clonmel Shannon

Great tries and non stop drama were the order of the day at Thomond Park last Sunday as Clonmel and Shannon played out a 16-16 draw in the Munster Junior Cup final. After the game, contributors Rob Murphy and Alan Deegan recorded a podcast to review a superb game of rugby and look ahead […]

Clonmel 16 Shannon 16

Clonmel Shannon

Munster Junior Cup Final Clonmel 16 Shannon 16 Clonmel Scorers: Alex Sheehan 1 try, Conor Cooney 3 pens, 1 con. Shannon Scorers: Ronan McKenna 1 try, 3 pens, 1 con. Rob Murphy at Thomond Park Pulsating is the the only word for it all. A Cup final that will have a solid place in the […]

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