In over a century of international rugby, Ireland won six Triple Crowns. With Eddie O Sullivan at the helm, they won three in four years. The Corkman is, thus, the most successful national coach in Irish rugby history, a fact that - theoretically - ought to confer legendary status upon him in his homeland. ut the reality has been rather different for O Sullivan. In fact, few figures in Irish sport divide opinion quite like the man who coached the so-called golden generation of Irish rugby through seven Six Nations Championships. Ireland s abject performance at the 07 World Cup in France prompted extraordinary levels of criticism and O Sullivan took the brunt of it. is team had gone to the tournament considered among the favourites for the title after a storming Six Nations tournament in which they slaughtered England by thirty points on an emotion-charged day at Croke Park. Indeed, O Sullivan was thought at the time to be a likely Lions coach for the 09 tour to South Africa. Yet, Ireland failed to
Eddie O'Sullivan is a former PE teacher who took an unorthodox route up the coaching ladder. O'Sullivan's first success was to deliver a national under-15 basketball crown to a small convent in Co. Galway. Now 50, he lives in Moylough, Co. Galway with his wife, Noreen, and children, Katie and Barry. Vincent Hogan is the Chief Sports Feature Writer of the Irish Independent. A former 'Sportswriter of the Year', his autobiography of Paul McGrath, Back from the Brink, won all three Irish Sports Book of the Year awards in 2006 and was voted 'Autobiography of the Year' at the British Sports Book awards.