Michael Kiernan


 * capped also   with Lansdowne


Terry Kingston



A.J.F O’Reilly


*capped also with Old Belvedere   & others.


J S McCarthy



Tomás O’Leary



John O’Meara



Phil O’Callaghan



Charlie Hanrahan



Michael Bradley



Fergus Aherne


* capped also with Lansdowne


Paddy Lawlor


 * capped also   with Clontarf


Bertie O’Hanlon



Maurice Mortell



Jack Clarke



Gerald Reidy




Niall Scannell

Fred Williamson




Ted Ryan




James Cronin

Henry Wall






Jack Mahony

James Downey





James Coughlan played for Ireland v Barbarians in May 2012, but it was an uncapped international.

Dave B O’Loughlin played for Ireland when with UCC but his appearances when with Dolphin were  in unofficial internationals during the 2nd World War. He was playing for Garryowen after the war when full internationals restarted.

Internationals who subsequently played for Dolphin

D B O’Loughlin, Mick Lane, Dick Roche, Mick Doyle, David O’ Mahony, Darragh O’Mahony, Denis Hurley.

Julien Brugnaut a French International also played with Dolphin.


AIB Club Internationals

Barry Keeshan


(Eng Counties  07,   09,10,11,12  Scot 08,09,10,11,12)

Christy Condon


(Scot 10,11,12,14, Eng Count 11,12)

Eric Moloney


( Scot 08,10,11 Eng   Counties 10,11)

Barry O’Mahony


( Eng Counties 09, 10  Scot   09)

Sam Cronin


( Eng Counties 10 Scot 10)

Rory McGrath


(Scotland 2006)

Irish Internationals  (in alphabetical order) 

Fergus Aherne  1988-1992     (16 Caps – 1 with Dolphin, 15 with Lansdowne)  1 Try

Captained UCC to win  the Munster Senior league in 1984/85 and also represented Irish Universities. Won his first international cap with Dolphin before he earned an interprovincial cap. Moved to Dublin and declared for Leinster, won a Leinster Senior Cup medal with Lansdowne in 1991.He toured many times with Ireland, to France in 1988, North America in 1989, Namibia 1991 and New Zealand 1992. A member of the 1991 World Cup squad. 

Michael Bradley  1920-1927   19 Caps


He was the Clubs First International, Michael J.Bradley. He won the first of his 19 caps against Wales on 13/3/1920 at hooker. He toured South Africa in 1924 with the Lions but did not make the Test side. He played 15 times for Munster, scoring 2 tries, 3 pealties and 1 conversion. 


Jack Clarke 1991-1992  5 caps 

Jack was capped at every level, Schools, U/21, U/23, B, and Senior. He scored a try on his senior international debut v Wales in 1991.He also represented Ireland at international level at the javelin. He was on the Munster team that defeated Australia in October 1992 at Musgrave Park.  He captained Munster U/20 and toured with Ireland to Italy 1989 (U21′s),Namibia in 1991 and New Zealand 1992.

James Cronin 2014- 1 Cap

James made his senior Munster debut at the end of 2012-13 season, an excellent 2013-14 led to the loose head making his Ireland debut 13 months later.
James Downey 2013- 1 Cap

James (re)joined Munster for 2012-13 from Northampton and was based in Cork and allocated to Dolphin RFC, however he did not have the opportunity to play AIL for Dolphin. He was called up as a replacement for Ireland’s 2013 North American Tour and started his first international v Canada.



Charles J Hanrahan  1926-1932  20 caps 1 try

A Banker by profession, learned his rugby at Castleknock College. A prop forward who scored an international try v Wales in just his 2nd appearance, captained Munster v Ulster in November 1927. the first time the sides met outside of  Dublin. He played 17 times for Munster, 17 consecutive appearances over nine seasons, scoring two penalties and three conversions.

He was  an international selector between 1946/49 and in 1955/56 he became the first Dolphin man to hold the office of  IRFU President.


Michael Kiernan 43 Caps 1982-1991  308 points (6 tries, 40 con,6 dg, 62pen) 



Dolphin’s most capped international and up until the professional era, the highest Irish points scorer. His most famous kick was the drop goal, which captured the Triple Crown v England in 1985. Amongst his other honours were two Schools international caps with PBC,was the Irish 200m champion and represented Ireland v Scotland in an Athletics International. He played in three Lions Tests in New Zealand. He also earned Lions honours in 1986 in the Lions against Rest of The World game celebrating the centenary of the International Board. He was included on Irish tours to South Africa 1981, Japan 1985 & North America in 1989.

Terry Kingston 1987-1996  30 Caps  2 tries

Terry joined Dolphin from CBC having earned three international schools caps. He played 55 times with Munster captaining the side in victory over Australia. His first international cap was against Wales in the inaugural World Cup in 1987, he captained his country for the first of six times in the 1991 World Cup and was the World Cup Captain when it came around again in 1995. He also was included in the following Irish Tours, North America 1989, Namibia 1991, New Zealand 1992 & Australia in 1994.


Paddy Lawlor 1951-56  12 caps




2nd Row- He played just three times for Munster, he later moved to Clontarf and represented Leinster 13 times. He toured with Ireland to Argentina + Chile in 1952.


Jack Mahony 1923 1 Cap

He attended CBC and excelled at many sports- he was school handball champion,captained the school swimming team to Munster Schools Senior Squadron title in 1917 & 1918. He hurled with the CBC team that was beaten by Farranferris in the final of Cork Schools Cup,and then there was rugby.He captained CBC to the Cork Senior Schools title in 1918 and also captained the Munster Schools team. In 1921, he captained the Irish Giants against the Yankee Invaders at the Mardyke in the Baseball Championship of Ireland.

His rugby career was short; he gained one International cap v England in 1923 and was a travelling substitute for the Scotland and Wales games. The following year he suffered a serious injury in the Munster trial and did not play again until 1925, when he was again substitute against England and Scotland. In 1926 he retired owing to a recurrent injury .Jack was a brother of Nacey Mahony, who beame IRFU President also he also represented Ireland at water polo.

J S (Jim) McCarthy 1948-55  28 Caps  8 Tries


Captained Ireland four times (the first Munster man to do so) and scored total of eight tries, including one on his debut against France.His most famous try was his try that clinched the Triple Crown for Ireland in 1949 in Swansea. Toured with the Lions to Australia + New Zealand in 1950 and with Ireland two years later to Argentina + Chile.  

Maurice Mortell        1953-54        9 caps  5 tries


While the Bandon born winger was only capped nine times, he scored five tries, including one in each of his first three games. Won Leinster Senior cup medals with Bective Rangers in 1955 + 1956 and played 12 times for Leinster. 

Phil O’Callaghan 1967-76    21 caps

Philo made his Munster Senior Cup debut in 1961, having taken up the game the previous season and played in the competition every year up to 1980.  he also had a long Irish career 1967-76 getting 21 caps, despite a six year gap between 1970-76. He made his debut on 21/1/1967 in the historic 15-8 victory over Australia. (First time an Irish team defeated a Southern Hemisphere on their own soil) He also represented the Barbarians between 1967/69 and toured Australia, Argentina & New Zealand with Ireland.

Bertie O’Hanlon  1947-50   12 caps 3 Tries


Born in Ballyclough, Mallow, he was introduced to rugby at PBC before boarding at Rockwell College where he won a Munster Schools cup medal. An all round sportsman, he also represented Rockwell at Gaelic Football and was South of Ireland sprint champion over 100 and 220 yards and long jump champion for two years. He was selected 13 times for Ireland, but had to cry off against Australia in 1947 because of injury. He had a short international career of four seasons (1947-1950) that was littered with honours, two Triple Crown’s and the Grand Slam. The pinnacle of his career should have been the Lions tour of New Zealand & Australia in 1950,in those days the tours lasted 6 months and he was asked by the IRFU to allow his name go forward but his employers would not release him. He scored two tries on his International debut, a 22-0 victory over England on 8/2/1947.

Tomás O’Leary   2007-12   24 caps  3 tries


His early sporting days were playing hurling, his father Seanie was a well known Cork Hurler, he captained Cork to a Minor All Ireland. Played in the U21 world Cup final and in addition to his full caps played nine times for Ireland A. He was a member of the 2009 Grand Slam winning team, selected for the Lions Tour to South Africa but broke his ankle days after the the squad was announced. Played 127 times for Munster scoring 10 tries, two conversions and a penalty. After seven seasons with Munster he joined London Irish.

John O’Meara   1951-58  22 caps 2 tries


John learned his rugby at CBC and  Clongowes Wood.He earned the first of his 22 caps in a narrow 9-8 victory over France on 27/1/1951. He had a lengthy partnership with Jack Kyle (19 games) and scored two tries. When at UCC he won Munster Senior Cup medals in 1949/50 and 1950/51, he captained the Dolphin team to victory in 1955/56 but unfortunately had to sit out the final with a broken thumb.

A J F (Tony) O’Reilly  1955-70     29 caps 4 Tries


Tony O’Reilly spent two years in Cork and played for Dolphin in 1960/61 & 1961/62 during his tenure on the Irish team. Capped a total of 29 times for Ireland, his first cap came on 22/1/1955 against France at 18 years of age and after only 6 senior club games. One of those games was against Dolphin where O’Reilly got a couple of early tries. He played on the Leinster schools team for three years and was also a schools cricket interprovincial. He celebrated his 19th birthday on the 1955 Lions tour to South Africa where he scored 16 tries. Four years later he set a Lions record of 22 tries in the 33-match tour of New Zealand, Australia & Canada.He combined a successful business and sporting career and when he was dropped in 1963 everyone thought that it was the end of a great career but when there was a late cry off for the England game in 1970 O’Reilly to everyone’s surprise got the call up.He was always a prolific tryscorer; in both 1956 and 1957 he scored 40 tries for Old Belvedere from the centre position. Because of his business career he played for many clubs,including UCD, Old Bevedere, Dolphin, Leicester and London Irish.Gerald Reidy  1953-54   5 caps


Gerald was a fine backrow forward who won five caps between 1953&54.He first played in a Dolphin jersey with theYouths in Ballintemple in 1939.He played for Munster 20 times, showing his versatility by playing in the front, second and ck rows. He won his first cap and a Leinster Senior Cup while with Lansdowne. He  was IRFU President in 1983/84. Always a true Dolphin man, he was Club President twice, in1967/68 and the Centenary President.

Ted Ryan   1937-38   3 Tries


Dolphin’s fifth International player was yet another prop,

Edward G Ryan. He earned the first of his three caps in a 5-3 victory over Wales at Ravenhill in 1937 and captained Dolphin for two seasons.

Niall Scannell  2017-  1 Cap

The former Ireland U20 captain was an unused replacement in Ireland’s opening 6 Nations game of 2017 but started in Irelands 63-10 victory over Italy.

Henry Wall  1965  2 Caps


Henry Wall made his international debut at No 8 in a 16-6 victory over Wales on 27/2/1965, the first of his two caps. Henry joined the club from UCD whom he captained for two seasons, 1960/61 & 1961/62.

Fred Williamson  1930   3 caps


Fred W Williamson a full back, became Dolphin’s first International Back on 8/2/1930 and started his career with a 4-3 victory over England; it was the first of three caps