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.
The eventual winners led 8-0 at half time, David O'Brien adding a penalty to Downey's early try and O'Brien should really have extended that lead soon after the restart when he had a simple opportunity from the 22. However he missed that kick and in the 55th minute a period of Co Carlow pressure yielded a penalty and left them within a score of Clontarf.
Despite their best efforts, Co Carlow were unable to breach the Clontarf defence and when the siege was lifted, Paul Ryan landed a penalty to virtually seal the outcome. The north Dublin side then signed off with a try in the dying minutes with Ryan adding the points.