18 May, 11:09
IRFU Chief Executive Philip Browne has issued a statement following confirmation of Ronan O'Gara's decision to retire from playing professional rugby.
They say no one played for AIB while he was involved without experiencing his welcoming smile at training or on a matchday, and he was regarded as a true ambassador of the game.
In his latter years, he also became involved with De La Salle Palmerston FC and made a considerable contribution to their club, in particular by bringing the club's matchday programme to a new level.
Even after all this time, the affection for him from his many friends in both clubs is clearly evident, in that in its tenth year, such a large crowd was in attendance for this annual fixture, including four generations of the Brophy family.
Over €320 was raised by a raffle organised by them on the day, for the Irish Heart Foundation.
It was an excellent and entertaining game that was to the highest standard by both teams, with DLSP stealing a win in injury time, to win 12-10.
At five wins to date for AIB Rugby and five for DLSP FC, the only question left to be decided is, who will win it in year 11 next season?