BE PART OF THE TEAM

Access exclusive podcasts, interviews and analysis with a monthly or annual membership

Become A Member
Dublin: 9°C Sunday 18 April 2021
Advertisement

The IRFU have paid tribute to retiring kitman 'Rala' with this great video

Paddy “Rala” O’Reilly retires after 21 years with the team.

IT’S NOT JUST on the pitch that Ireland are losing a veteran.

Legendary kitman Paddy “Rala” O’Reilly has officially retired after more than 21 years with the Irish team, and the much-loved character has been given a touching send off by the IRFU.

Rala has long been more than just a colleague of the players, with countless current and former internationals speaking about how close he has been to the group down the years.

And after Ireland bowed out of the World Cup yesterday at the hands of Argentina, it brought the curtain down on the Dubliner’s long career as Ireland’s carer.

To say goodbye, the IRFU have put together this great video slideshow of Rala’s best moments in the Irish camp, set to Christy Moore’s John O’Dreams.

Source: IrishRugbyTVOfficial/YouTube

Blackrock win East v West battle to continue their 100% start to the season

The Irish provinces scored some stunning tries in the Pro12 this weekend

About the author:

Neil Treacy

Read next:

COMMENTS (4)