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# Irish Abroad

Last month
May 2023
# Irish Abroad
Ex-Ireland centre McCall guides Saracens to sixth Premiership title
The former Ulster head coach has been with Sarries since 2009.
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'Donners is gold. The players love him. He's intense in that Munster way'
Donnacha Ryan has made a strong start to his coaching career with La Rochelle.
# Irish Abroad
Irishman and 'world-class expert' Aboud lands top role with Rugby Canada
Aboud has been appointed as High Performance Director of Rugby Canada.
# Irish Abroad
Irish coaches Carolan and Coughlan central to Challenge Cup final
Glasgow and Toulon meet in the decider in Dublin on Friday night.
# Irish Abroad
WNT Watch: Relegation in Germany, Celtic's goal-scoring hero and Stateside success
It was a mixed weekend for Irish internationals abroad.
April 2023
# Irish Abroad
'I still have a dream of returning to play in Ireland at some stage'
Ex-Munster wing Seán French has been prolific for Bedford in the English Championship.
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'I have no regrets about my time with Connacht, no ill feelings'
Eoghan Masterson has settled happily into life in the PRO D2 with Aurillac.
# Irish Abroad
'It was between Connacht and Exeter. I always wanted to try living away'
Jack Dunne moved to Exeter in England after leaving Leinster last summer.
# Irish Abroad
'The chat from the locals is like, 'No pressure, but you have to do it again!''
Ultan Dillane is enjoying the challenge of playing in the back row and chasing trophies with La Rochelle.
# Hounds
Irish wings Kearney and Byrne set for move to the US with Chicago
The Ireland-capped pair have been strongly linked with a switch to Major League Rugby.
# Irish Abroad
'São Paulo is a bit different to Sligo, 23 million people different!'
Irishman Simon Coulter has worked in rugby in the US, South Africa, Uruguay, Chile, and Brazil
# Irish Abroad
Munster man Ryan impresses for high-flying Chiefs in New Zealand
The 34-year-old still has ambitions with Ireland and will return before the World Cup.
This year
# Irish Abroad
Ex-Ireland international Felix Jones to leave Springboks and join England
The former Munster man will link up with Steve Borthwick after the World Cup.
# Landmark decision
Tourism Ireland pauses long-running 'Global Greening', citing the energy crisis
The campaign was also put on pause last year in the weeks after Russia invaded Ukraine.
Last year
# Irish Abroad
'Limerick and Newport are similar places, working-class people'
Former Munster out-half JJ Hanrahan has settled happily into life with the Dragons.
# Irish Abroad
Ex-Ireland U19s back row Hickey gets first start for the Ospreys
The 21-year-old back row will play against the Bulls in the URC tomorrow.
# weekend wrap
Denise O'Sullivan's mixed emotions, Irish history-makers and a deepened injury crisis
A run-down of Vera Pauw’s overseas players from the last weekend of action before next week’s all-important World Cup play-off.
# Irish Abroad
Cronin, Ryan, Byrne, O'Brien - Irish players set for big Premiership season
The English top flight returns this weekend with a big crop of Irishmen involved.
# Irish Abroad
'It has gone in the blink of an eye. English is nearly my second language'
Toulon forwards coach James Coughlan is heading into his ninth season in French rugby.
# Irish Abroad
O'Gara, Dillane, Arnold - Irish interest aplenty as the Top 14 gets underway
ROG and Donnacha Ryan are aiming for more success with La Rochelle.
# Irish Abroad
Irish players set for key roles as France's second tier kicks off tomorrow
The likes of Darren Sweetnam, Eoghan Masterson, and Dave O’Callaghan play in the Pro D2.
# Irish Abroad
La Rochelle officially confirm the signing of Ireland international Ultan Dillane
The 28-year-old has signed a two-year deal with Ronan O’Gara’s side.
# Irish Abroad
Irish centre Peter Robb to join Ealing Trailfinders
The 27-year-old moves to the English Championship club after seven years with Connacht.
# Irish Abroad
'The lads have been slagging me saying I've got more clubs than Tiger Woods!'
Ex-Ireland U20 hooker Sean McNulty is part of the Seattle squad aiming for MLR glory today.
# Irish Abroad
Ireland-capped Niyi Adeolokun to leave Bristol at the end of the season
Kilkenny man Martin Mulhall is joining Pat Lam’s squad this summer.
# Irish Abroad
Irish influence strong as La Rochelle and Racing bid for place against Leinster
Ronan O’Gara, Mike Prendergast, and Donnacha Ryan are all coaching in France.
# Irish Abroad
'It was a massive opportunity but I knew it was a life-changer. I've no regrets'
22-year-old Cork man Eoghan Barrett has been making excellent progress with Pau in France.
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Stephanie Meadow moves up the leaderboard, Padraig Harrington slips back
There was disappointment for Leona Maguire and Padraig Harrington who both slipped down the leaderboard.
# Flying the flag
Irish disappointment as Chelsea and City reach FA Cup semi-finals, Barrett brilliant in Germany
Super sub Amber Barrett scored two and assisted one as FC Koln all but secured their place in the Frauen-Bundesliga for another year.
# Irish Abroad
Noel Reid signs for London Irish on short-term deal
The 31-year old has been signed as injury cover for out-half Rory Jennings.
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Ex-Munster man Flannery handed permanent contract at Harlequins
The former Ireland hooker joined the Premiership club in 2020.
# Irish Abroad
Michael Obafemi header guides Swansea to victory but Wes Hoolahan's FA Cup dream dies
Irish international striker’s 16th-minute header was enough to claim all three points – but Wes Hoolahan’s Cambridge United lost to Luton Town.
# Irish Abroad
Debuts for Jamie McGrath, Jeff Hendrick and Crystal Palace's 19-year-old Irish whizz-kid
Tayo Adaramola made his first appearance for the Eagles in their FA Cup win over Hartlepool.
# Irish Abroad
'It’s nowhere near as PC as normal jobs. You get to run around and hit people'
Conor Carey’s career has taken him from Ulster to Connacht and on to Northampton Saints.
# Irish Abroad
Michael Bradley sacked as head coach of Italian club Zebre
The former Ireland international joined the club in 2017.
All time
O'Gara's La Rochelle jump up to fourth in the Top 14 heading into 2022
Forwards coach Donnacha Ryan will have been happy with their 25-3 win over Lyon last night.
# Irish Abroad
'The days of the heavy, slow neanderthal are gone. The game is too fast'
Brendan Whelan was part of the Wallabies’ tour of Europe last month.
# covid cert
Irish passport holders vaccinated outside the EU can now apply for an EU Covid Certificate
Adults who hold an Irish passport and are vaccinated with one of the four EMA approved vaccines can apply.
# Irish Eye
Moloney's Reading see off Irish-heavy Birmingham, Jarrett on target in the Championship
Meanwhile in Scotland, Niamh Farrelly scored again for Glasgow City.
# Irish Abroad
'I was certainly quite a rare item in Japan at 6ft 5ins with red hair'
Irishman Mark Egan had great success as a rugby player in Japan and now works for the JRFU.