It was 13 years years since the sides last met in the AIL, Dolphin had an unbeaten league record v Highfield, however the home side (Highfield) were deserved winners on this occasion.

Highfield set out their stall early and scored an unconverted try in the 3rd minute. Dolphin with the wind in the opening half replied with a penalty goal through captain Darly Foley.

Highfield worked themselves back into the Dolphin 22 and crossed for a converted try to make it 12-3. Three more penalties, some from distance from Foley levelled the game at half time.

That was as good as it got for Dolphin as it took Highfield just a couple of minutes before they took the lead with a 3rd try, the task became much harder as Dolphin received two yellow cards in the 2nd period and in the final minutes Highfield scored two more tries.

Dolphin remain in 2nd last place, ahead of pointless Galwegians who will be visitors next weekend to Musgrave Park. 

Congratulations to U21 Goal Keeper of the Year Ger Collins. From Ballinhassig, Ger swopped the helmet for the scrum cap for a couple of seasons playing with Dolphin, (when it did not clash with the hurling) as he was involved with Cork under age squads all the way up.

He was one of six Cork players on the 2018 Bord Gais Energy Team of the Year.

Well done Ger, Anthony Nash and older brother Patrick Collins better watch out.

AIL  Dolphin 26   Old Crescent   21

Dolphin finally got their season up and running with a deserved win over Old Crescent on Saturday , however the last 10 minutes were heart stopping.

Old Crescent prop Cathal O'Reilly showed many talents, a dummy, a kick ahead for Val McDermot to finish to put the visitors 7-0 ahead. Another dummy, this time from  Cam O'Shaughnessy led him to score close to the posts and Daryl Foley levelled the score and he added a penalty before half time.

Another Daryl Foley penalty extended the lead to 13-7 before Alan O'Sullivan followed up when an Old Crescent player failed to deal with a kick and he kicked it over the line and won the race to score a try. Cam O' Shaughnessy scored his 2nd try in the corner to give Dolphin a 23-7 lead. 

Old Crescent were not giving up and a converted try kept them in the game, Dolphin then extended the lead to 26-14.

The last 10 minutes contained virtually everything, one thing more than anything else and that was DRAMA.

Old Crescent had a lineout 5 metres out, a Dolphin player got his hand to it but it went forward. From the scrum, the referee did not apply the same logic as Ben Whitehouse in the Aviva last week, and when Dolphin were penalised in the scrum, a penalty try and a yellow card for David Jennings followed.

26-21, Old Crescent were all fired up, inside the Dolphin 22, Dolphin were awarded a scrum but a Dolphin player kicked the ball after the whiste and he went to the Bin.

The referee then ran over to the Dolphin bench, the nominated reserve prop Luke Jordan had replaced Liam Walsh because of a leg injury mid way through the first half. The Law is that if you are not in a position to replace an injured/ sin binned prop you must lose another player if the scrums go uncontested. Winger Timmy Phelan was withdrawn and 12 man Dolphin got possession from the scrum but there must have been seconds left because John Fitzgerald was forced to take the ball into contact, but once it was recycled it was kicked off the pitch and Dolphin had held out for an important victory.  



Link to Declan Forrest's photo's


Dolphin v Old Crescent  (Preview)


We welcome members of the 1993 Dolphin Tour Party to Canada who are having a reunion at the pre match Lunch of Saturdays game.

Pictured above is the side that played Toronto Irish.


  • o We host two Old Crescent sides today, it is the first time that Dolphin have played an AIL game and a 2nds League on a Saturday, and both against the same opposition.
  • o In the centre for Dolphin is an Old Crescent old boy – Will Hanley
  • o Old Crescent won Division 2B last season, going undefeated with 17 wins & a draw.
  • o This is the 13th time that Dolphin played |Old Crescent, the last time was 13 seasons ago.
  • o The sides contested the 2002-03 Division 2 Final in Lansdowne Road, Dolphin winning 29-19, with tries from Eddie Knowles & Dave Pomeroy, while John O’Mahony converted both tries & added five penalties as well.
  • o John O’Mahony has fond memories of Rosbrien, it was there he became the 3rd player in AIL history to score 1,000 points.     
  • o We are delighted to see today a reunion of the Canadian Tour Party of 1993, it came at the end of our 2nd season in the AIL. Instead of 18 games a season, then there was only nine, Dolphin winning five of them , three of their four losses being by four points or less.  
  • o 9/1/1993 - Dolphin, thinks to four Eoin O’Mahony penalties came away 12-9 winners at Rosbrien, some members of the Dolphin side are here today.


Weekend Review


Senior  Dolphin 3 Navan 23

Dolphin had their first home AIL fixture of the season and despite a bright start which had them dominating possession and territory into the wind they fell away in the 2nd half. They opened the score with a Daryl Foley penalty, however they failed to build on it and will be disappointed at not taking theor opportunities.  Navan levelled the score with a penalty and soon followed up with a break away try.

Navan grew more confident in the 2nd half and added 2 more tries to take home the points.

J2        Dolphin 19 Cobh Pirates 16 

U18     Dolphin/ Crosshaven 0   Bantry Bay 22

U14     Dolphin 5 Muskerry 21

U13     Dolphin 29 Cobh Pirates 15


Dolphin v Navan  (Preview)

We welcome Navan RFC  to Musgrave Park for the first time. Navan are the 50th side that Dolphin have played in the AIL, and the 20th from Leinster.

Navan RFC

  • Founded in 1924 - one of the Founder Members was the father of our Past President Dave Kirk.
  • They are one of the few sides that have earned back to back promotions. They won Division 2C in 2016-17 and followed it up last year with promotion through the play offs.
  • In 2017 Navan won the Fraser McMullen trophy (All Ireland U20) at their first attempt.
  • They field Senior mens & Ladies sides J1.J3 & u20's and Friday  night is the place to be for their over 35's Tag Team.
  • They also have 18 Mini Youth & Mixed Ability Teams boys & girls teams from U6 to U18.

Dolphin News

  • Last Saturday 7 players made their Dolphin AIL debut for Dolphin. 334 players have now represented Dolphin in the AIL.
  • Five of last weeks starting team played underage for Dolphin, and a further two on the bench.
  • Rob O'Herlihy made his 120th AIL appearance, equaling Chris Rowe, just two behind Donnachadha Murphy, six behind John O'Mahony and about four seasons behind Barry Keeshan (congrats on the engagement Keesh)