Ronan Quinn in action
The Mighty Quinn led Ireland to the silver medal in the European Youth rugby championship at the weekend.
Thurles and Holycross folk were keeping a close eye on the Irish u-18 rugby sevens team which competed in the Junior Olympics Qualifiers in Lithuania at the weekend with strong connections to the captain.
Ronan Quinn, a talented rugby and soccer player, who has been offered contracts with a number of top Premiership soccer clubs in the UK, has already won the European Under 18 Rugby Sevens Championship in 2017.
And, he is following in the distinguished footsteps of his father, uncle and grandfather, all of whom played sport at the highest level.
Ronan is grandson of Holycross man Liam Quinn who won All-Ireland minor hurling titles with Tipperary back in the early 1950's. Liam also enjoyed a stellar club career with Holycross Ballycahill, and together with his wife Maire, they have been keeping a very close watching brief on the exploits of their grandson.
Ronan is a Munster rugby Academy Player for the past two years, and he was part of the Glenstal team which made history by winning 2018 Munster Schools Senior Cup for the first time in 79 years.
Pictured Above: Ronan with hid Dad, Billy Quinn.
In relation to his soccer career, Ronan has been offered contracts across the water from Premiership club but, on the advice of former Arsenal, Sunderland and Irish international star Niall Quinn (his relative) he made the decision to finish his Leaving Certificate and now has a scholarship to Trinity College in Dublin.
Whilst a native of Adare, County Limerick Ronan’s maternal grandmother (Margaret Joyce) originally came from Thurles.
Ronan’s dad, Billy and uncle John both played international rugby for Azerbaijan against Georgia in both sevens and fifteens. They were based in Azerbaijan for some time - John still is - and were centrally involved in the Irish Society in Baku which helped raise a lot of funds for local orphanages and charities.
Billy has now returned to Ireland and is living in Adare. He and his family are very regular visitors to the Holycross area.
Adding to the local links to the Irish squad, the under 18 national team manager is Mark Butler from Thurles. And, Kevin O’Connor (Cashel RFC/Munster) was also in the squad which faced the Italians, Russians and Swedes, against whom Ireland were drawn in pool A.
The sixteen team tournament, which saw Ireland claim the silver medal having been beaten narrowly by France in the final also doubled as the qualifier for the Youth Olympic Games, which take place in Buenos Aires this October - Ireland are still in with a shout to qualify.