— RTÉ Rugby (@RTErugby) May 13, 2015
“He had been drinking, excessively, prior to arriving at the apartment. [Hanahoe] suffers from blackouts after excessive drinking and does not remember anything that occurred when he got home,” his lawyer wrote in court papers last year.
The lawyer added that Hanahoe suffered six concussions when he played rugby in Ireland, which would be a part of his “intoxication blackout defence.”
Hanahoe faced 25 years behind bars, but he pleaded guilty last month to the lesser charge of criminal sex act.
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Pic: Byron Smith
The Ireland women’s rugby team are RBS 6 Nations champions for 2015.
Ireland won their final match against Scotland 73-3, a championship record score.
G’wan na mban!
The men’s Ireland rugby team led by Paul O’Connell return to Dublin Airport following their victory over Scotland in Edinburgh and securing the Six Nations Championship.
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Tom McGurk is recalled for RTÉ’s promo of today’s final round of 6 Nations games.
Eight hours, EIGHT! of Pope, Hook and O’Shea in an orgy of eggball chit-chat.
Can you handle that?
Previously: Like A Moss
Meanwhile, in Edinburgh
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You can combine both.
Brian Healy writes:
The last round in this Years Six nations comes to a head. Ireland, England & Wales are drawn so far but can Ireland pull it out of the bag to retain the Six Nations championship??? Find out this Saturday 21st March from 2.30pm in The George Bar.. Oh! and there’s Free Pizza.
Rugby referee Steve Walsh
Controversial bearded boulevardier and ladies favourite Steve Walsh has called time on his rugby refereeing career less than a week after ducking out of officiating Ireland’s loss to Wales.
Steve Walsh citing personal business reasons for his retirement said:
I have lived my dream and I am truly grateful for every experience that I have had in rugby. It’s been an incredible journey.
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For the weekend that’s in it.
Saturday, February 2nd, 1980.
Ireland faced Scotland off the back of a whipping from her old master.
Ballerina-footed Ollie Campbell and the greased ferret like elusiveness of Colin Patterson lead the charge, backed by southern musclemen, Donal Spring and first-time in green try scorer Moss Keane.
Niall Kiely wrote in the following Monday’s Irish Times:
Our resident Scotsman in a busy restaurant came from Troon, and named, inevitably one-felt, Brown. He had found problems to transcend the day’s woes, one of which led him to beseech every woman present for a needle and thread – a terrace scrimmage had seen him split his only pair of trousers – yet further tragedy stalked in that he had belatedly discovered that Galway , where he wanted to visit an old flame, was not a suburb of Dublin.
Previously: Giving It A McLash, 1985
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Ireland’s selection for Saturday’s rugby international with Scotland at Murrayfield, Edinburgh with twitter handles instead of names.
As you do.
That’s Proper Church.
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McGurk! You’re cut.
Ryan!! You’re in.
A passive aggressive defence of Joe Schmidt’s “kicking game” is the theme for RTÉ’s Jonathan Ryan-narrated promo ahead of Ireland versus Wales in Cardiff Arms Park Nua, Wales, today.
It gets results in fairness.
Previously: How Green Was Their Valley
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Wales win 23-16.
The breakdown; Ireland need to beat Scotland next week and hope other results go our way.