Eight-page tribute to Paul O'Connell in weekend Limerick Leader

Eight-page tribute to Paul O'Connell in weekend Limerick Leader

PAUL O’Connell announcing his retirement from rugby is the biggest sports story of the week and the Limerick Leader has marked the occasion with an eight-page tribute to the former Munster, Ireland and Lions captain.

The Limerick man began his career with Young Munster and played for Ardscoil Ris, Munster, Ireland and the Lions before signing with French giants Toulon at the end of last season. However, the hamstring injury that he picked up in the World Cup last September forced his retirement and he never got to play in the Top 14.

We’ve got reaction from the big man himself, tributes from around the rugby world, a blow by blow account of his career and our rugby correspondent Colm Kinsella talks to his early coaches in Young Munster. A number of local businesses have also taken ads in the paper to wish O’Connell well in his retirement while our wraparound front page captures the magnitude of the occasion.

And there’s a lot more to this weekend’s print edition – which has 36 pages of sport in total. GAA correspondent Jerome O’Connell speaks to Limerick hurling manager TJ Ryan ahead of new Allianz Hurling League campaign while Caley Maher profiles Limerick’s opposition in their latest promotion bid.

Joel Slattery and Martin Kiely look back on Na Piarsaigh’s All Ireland club semi-final victory while John Redington reports on the Limerick footballers trip to Longford. We also have all the latest Fitzgibbon Cup action.

Other highlights include:

- Two pages of pictures from the Ballybricken-Bohermore GAA Dinner Dance

- Three pages of notes from the Limerick GAA clubs

- Camogie and Ladies Football updates

- Andrew Cunneen has the latest Limerick FC news

- Frank Nelligan previews all this weekend’s Desmond Cup action

- Raffaele Rocca and Colm Kinsella on the Munster Schools Junior Cup

- Aidan Corr and Colm Kinsella report on the local senior and junior club rugby scene

- Verena Tarpey has the latest athletics news

- Jerome O’Connell reports on last weekend’s racing at Limerick Greyhound Stadium

- Ivan Morris’s latest golf column