Bertie O’Hanlon   (Irish International 559)   1947-50 12 caps 3 Tries

1948 GS Winners Bertie O’Hanlan & Jack Kyle –  2009 GS Winners, R O’Gara, Bertie O’Hanlon D Kidney

Born in Ballyclough, Mallow, his father was dispensary doctor, on his death, the family moved to Cork in 1932 he was introduced to rugby at PBC . At the age of 12, he became a boarder at Rockwell College . 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.

Played scrum half on Junior cup side that also contained Dr Paddy Hillery President of Ireland

He moved to centre and played Senior Schools Cup for three years and in 1942 beat PBC in the final with Gerald aherne at scrum half.

Rockwell College failed to retain the trophy in 1943, he agreed to play with Cork Constitution in the Munster Senior Cup. They sent a taxi to the school for him to bring him to Mardyke to play in MSC semi-final. They won and while he was a substitute for the final v the Army he still got his first MSC medal, he also won Minor Cup and League medals. He played in the Munster Junior Cup with Clonmel but they were defeated in the final.

With all his friends in Dolphin he joined Dolphin in September 1943 but missed much of the season through injury. In 1945 Dolphin retained the MSC so Bertie claimed his 2nd medal. Also in 1945 he made his Munster debut, scoring two tries and playing against each of the other three provinces. Interestingly he played centre for Munster and later wing for Ireland.

He scored two tries on his International debut, a 22-0 victory over England on 8/2/1947. Barney Mullen tried a drop goal, it screwed off his foot and Bertie won race for touchdown. There was no luck involved in 2nd try he collected a kick on his own 10 yard line, beat defender after defender to score by the posts. He was just the 2nd Irish player  to score two tries on his debut.

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.

In 1948 has was Dolphin vice captain and they were victorious in the MSC and he won his  3rd MSC medal.

in 1951 he dislocated his shoulder in the Senior Cup v Cork Constitution, it never knitted and his career was over at 28.

He died in 2016 at 91, the last surviving member of the 1948 Grand Slam Team.

D B O’Loughlin – Dolphin’s War Time International

D B O’Loughlin (David Bonaventure) was born in Glenbeigh, Co Kerry in July 1916. When he was attending UCC he won the first of his six official caps for Ireland in 1938. That season he played against England, Wales and Scotland, in the opening game in the front row, 2nd game in the 2nd row and the third game he played in the backrow.

There were no Internationals between 11/03/1939 & 25/01/1947. In their absence, on April 1,1939, Sam Walker’s 1938 touring side to South Africa reconvened to play an unofficial Lions match against their manager, B C “Jock” Hartley’s XV at Ravenhill in Belfast and O’Loughlin was on Hartley’s side.

He played on an Ireland XV that played the British Combined Services in 1943,1944 & 1945. In 1946 he played in the two “Victory Internationals” against England & France, the unofficial war time internationals, he was one of three players from the pre war era to play.

He won Munster Senior Cup medals with UCC in 1937 & 1939, following his transfer to Dolphin in 1940-41 he won a Charity Cup Medal and followed that up with two further Munster Senior Cup medals with Dolphin in successive years 1944 + 1945. He was Garryowen captain for the 1948-49 season.

He was also very involved with Clanwilliam, he worked for a period in Cleeves Creamery in Tipperary. He actually played for Clanwilliam in the Mansergh Cup, the Sunday before he made his Irish debut in 1938.

Following his retirement from playing he was soon involved with Munster & Ireland sides again, this time as a selector for the 1949-50, 1950-51 and 1954-1955 seasons. He was manager of the Golden Vale Co-Op when he passed away just days after his 55th Birthday.

Darragh O’Mahony

Darragh O’Mahony did not come through the traditional Schools route, attending Rochestown College which also was the Alma Mater of other internationals John Kelly & Richard & Paul Wallace.

Having played underage with Cork Constitution, he went on to UCC and played for Munster U20’s and Irish Universities (6 caps) and Irish Students.

Having completed his degree he moved to Dublin to complete a 2 year diploma in UCD. His rugby career had started to take off, he was putting in good performances with UCD, Tyrone Howe withdraws from the Ireland A side, Darragh was called up and held his place for the next game.

The next thing he was playing a pre World Cup (95) warm up v Italy and made the World Cup squad for South Africa. It was an incredible 12 months for him, in 1994 he could not make the U 21 side, in 1995 he was playing in the World Cup.

On his return he joined Lansdowne and the following season he declared for Leinster and went on to make his first Heineken Cup appearances.

He was then offered a professional contract with Moseley, he left his Banking career behind him and headed to Birmingham where he was in rich try scoring form, scoring 32 tries in 33 games over two seasons in the English 2nd tier. He still has the record for tries in consecutive games for Moseley (5).

He was still on the fringes of the Irish Senior side as he was capped 3 times at each Moseley & Bedford Blues by Ireland A.

In 1998 he moved to the first division side Bedford Blues where he scored 11 tries, 2nd highest try scorer that season to the record breaking English try scorer, Rory Underwood. The club was sold on and O’Mahony moved to Saracens at the end of the season.

He spent five seasons with Saracens, making 142 appearances and at one stage with 24 tries he was the clubs record try scorer. This included 3 in the Heineken Cup.

At 31, O’Mahony & Saracens called it a day and he decided to return to Cork and in October 2004 he made his Dolphin debut as a substitute against Highfield. He went on to start each of Dolphin’s 31 games in that and the following season. In the 2nd season Dolphin won promotion to Division 1.

In 2006 Darragh decided to return to Banking and took up a position with AIB in London. He returned to playing with Old Albanian’s and he turned up on the bench for the Barbarians in 2008 against his old side Bedford Blues, his only appearance for the Barbarians.