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Tom Tierney – R.I.P.

Tom Tierney – R.I.P.

International Match, Energia Park, Donnybrook, Dublin 28/3/2018 Ireland U19 vs Japan U19 Ireland head coach Tom Tierney Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Oisin Keniry

The IRFU and Munster Rugby are saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Tom Tierney. He was 46.

As a player, Tom represented Richmond, Garryowen, Munster, Leicester Tigers, Galwegians and Connacht with distinction.

The scrum-half made his debut for Ireland in June, 1999 and went on to earn eight caps including four appearances at the 1999 Rugby World Cup where he scored a try in the Pool E win against Romania.

After transitioning into coaching, the Limerick native held head coaching roles with Crescent College Comprehensive SJ, Garryowen, Cork Constitution and the Ireland Club XV side.

He had been employed by the IRFU since 2014 including coaching roles with Ireland u19 and U20 Mens, Ireland Women’s 7s and Ireland Women’s 15s for three years where his honours included a 2015 Women’s Six Nations Championship.

He also led the Ireland Women’s team during the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup which was held in Ireland.

His role as IRFU National Talent Coach had seen him based out of Munster Rugby’s High Performance Centre since 2021, working with Munster’s Academy players.

IRFU Chief Executive Kevin Potts said:

“Everyone in Irish Rugby is deeply shocked to hear of the sudden loss of Tom Tierney.

Our immediate thoughts are with his wife Mary and daughters Isabel and Julia, as well as his many friends, colleagues and former team-mates.

Tom was an outstanding scrum-half and his time in the Ireland jersey will always be an immense source of pride for his family and the clubs that supported him on his journey.

He also amassed an impressive CV as a coach and we were honoured to have him as a colleague in the IRFU from 2014 to present.

He will be sorely missed.”