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Overview Honours Roll Team appearances Sources Current Season

Overview

In 1990/91 Wales and Ireland were the last of the Home Nations to organize a domestic league.
IRFU plays international competitions with the four professional provincial franchises, so clubs limit their activity to domestic leagues and cups.

The league pyramid

The last reform of the league pyramid was in 2015. Since 2015/16 season the league structure is the following:

Level 1 Division 1A
10 teams - 1 team to relegation playout and 1 relegation
Level 2 Division 1B
10 teams - 1 promotion, 1 team to promotion playoff and 2 relegations
Level 3 Division 2A
10 teams - 2 promotions, 1 team to relegation playout and 1 relegation
Level 4 Division 2B
10 teams - 1 promotion, 1 team to promotion playoff, 1 team to relegation playout and 1 relegation
Level 5 Division 2C
10 teams - 1 promotion, 1 team to promotion playoff, 1 team to relegation playout and 1 relegation
Level 6 Connacht League
1 qualification to promotion finals
Leinster League
1 qualification to promotion finals
Munster League
1 qualification to promotion finals
Ulster League
1 qualification to promotion finals



Honours Roll

Season:WinnersRunners upFormatResult
2015/16Clontarf (Leinster) (2)Cork Constitution (Munster)Final28-25
2014/15Lansdowne (Leinster) (2)Clontarf (Leinster)Final18-17
2013/14Clontarf (Leinster) (1)Old Belvedere (Leinster)Round Robin 
2012/13Lansdowne (Leinster) (1)Garryowen (Munster)Round Robin 
2011/12St. Mary's College (Leinster) (2)Clontarf (Leinster)Round Robin
2010/11Old Belvedere (Leinster) (1)Cork Constitution (Munster)Final20-17
2009/10Cork Constitution (Munster) (4)St. Mary's College (Leinster)Final17-10
2008/09Shannon (Munster) (9)Clontarf (Leinster)Final19-19
2007/08Cork Constitution (Munster) (3)Garryowen (Munster)Final18-8
2006/07Garryowen (Munster) (3)Cork Constitution (Munster)Final16-15
2005/06Shannon (Munster) (8)Clontarf (Leinster)Final30-3r
2004/05Shannon (Munster) (7)Belfast Harlequins (Ulster)Final25-20
2003/04Shannon (Munster) (6)Cork Constitution (Munster)Final22-16
2002/03Ballymena (Ulster) (1)Clontarf (Leinster)Final28-18
2001/02Shannon (Munster) (5)Cork Constitution (Munster)Final21-17
2000/01Dungannon (Ulster) (1)Cork Constitution (Munster)Final46-12
1999/00St. Mary's College (Leinster) (1)Lansdowne (Leinster)Final25-22
1998/99Cork Constitution (Munster) (2)Garryowen (Munster)Final14-11
1997/98Shannon (Munster) (4)Garryowen (Munster)Final15-9
1996/97Shannon (Munster) (3)Lansdowne (Leinster)Round Robin
1995/96Shannon (Munster) (2)Garryowen (Munster)Round Robin
1994/95Shannon (Munster) (1)Blackrock College (Leinster)Round Robin
1993/94Garryowen (Munster) (2)Cork Constitution (Munster)Round Robin
1992/93Young Munster (Munster) (1)Cork Constitution (Munster)Round Robin
1991/92Garryowen (Munster) (1)Shannon (Munster)Round Robin
1990/91Cork Constitution (Munster) (1)Garryowen (Munster)Round Robin
Winner's countyTitles
Munster 17
Leinster 7
Ulster 2

Team appearances

All Ireland League All Ireland League - Division 1B
TeamTeam
appearances
First
appearance
Last
appearance
Cork Constitution (Munster) 27 1990/91 2016/17
Garryowen (Munster) 26 1990/91 2016/17
St. Mary's College (Leinster) 25 1990/91 2016/17
Lansdowne (Leinster) 23 1990/91 2016/17
Shannon (Munster) 23 1990/91 2012/13
Clontarf (Leinster) 20 1997/98 2016/17
Young Munster (Munster) 19 1991/92 2016/17
Blackrock College (Leinster) 18 1993/94 2011/12
Ballymena (Ulster) 17 1990/91 2008/09
Dungannon (Ulster) 15 1992/93 2008/09
Old Belvedere (Leinster) 13 1995/96 2016/17
Terenure College (Leinster) 13 1996/97 2016/17
UCD (Leinster) 12 2001/02 2016/17
Dolphin (Munster) 11 1997/98 2014/15
Galwegians (Connacht) 11 1998/99 2015/16
Buccaneers (Connacht) 10 1998/99 2008/09
U.L. Bohemian (Munster) 7 2002/03 2012/13
Belfast Harlequins (Ulster) 6 2000/01 2006/07
Old Wesley (Leinster) 6 1991/92 1996/97
County Carlow (Leinster) 5 2001/02 2005/06
Instonians (Ulster) 5 1990/91 1996/97
Ballynahinch (Ulster) 3 2013/14 2015/16
DLSP (Leinster) 3 1999/00 2001/02
Dublin University (Leinster) 3 2004/05 2016/17
Greystones (Leinster) 3 1992/93 2007/08
Old Crescent (Munster) 3 1996/97 2000/01
Wanderers (Leinster) 2 1990/91 1993/94
Malone (Ulster) 1 1990/91 1990/91
Sundays Well (Munster) 1 1994/95 1994/95
TeamTeam appearancesFirst
appearance
Last
appearance
Malone (Ulster) 20 1991/92 2014/15
UCC (Munster) 17 1996/97 2016/17
Bective Rangers (Leinster) 15 1994/95 2008/09
Dolphin (Munster) 15 1991/92 2016/17
Old Crescent (Munster) 14 1992/93 2008/09
Ballynahinch (Ulster) 13 1998/99 2016/17
Greystones (Leinster) 13 1990/91 2008/09
Old Belvedere (Leinster) 12 1993/94 2009/10
Sundays Well (Munster) 12 1990/91 2003/04
Wanderers (Leinster) 12 1991/92 2008/09
Buccaneers (Connacht) 10 1997/98 2016/17
DLSP (Leinster) 10 1996/97 2008/09
Terenure College (Leinster) 10 1990/91 2013/14
U.L. Bohemian (Munster) 10 2000/01 2016/17
Belfast Harlequins (Ulster) 9 1999/00 2015/16
Dublin University (Leinster) 9 2002/03 2015/16
Galwegians (Connacht) 9 1992/93 2016/17
Ballymena (Ulster) 8 1993/94 2016/17
Dungannon (Ulster) 8 1991/92 2013/14
Thomond (Munster) 8 2001/02 2008/09
Young Munster (Munster) 8 1990/91 2009/10
Midleton (Munster) 7 2000/01 2006/07
NUIM Barnhall (Leinster) 7 2001/02 2007/08
Blackrock College (Leinster) 6 1991/92 2015/16
City of Derry (Ulster) 6 1996/97 2001/02
Highfield (Munster) 6 1996/97 2008/09
Old Wesley (Leinster) 6 1990/91 2016/17
Portadown (Ulster) 5 1998/99 2002/03
UCD (Leinster) 5 1994/95 2012/13
Bruff (Munster) 4 2008/09 2012/13
Clontarf (Leinster) 4 1992/93 2010/11
Instonians (Ulster) 4 1992/93 2008/09
Shannon (Munster) 4 2013/14 2016/17
Clonakilty (Munster) 3 2006/07 2008/09
Galway Corinthians (Connacht) 3 1990/91 2014/15
Lansdowne (Leinster) 3 1992/93 2010/11
North of Ireland FC (Ulster) 3 1990/91 1996/97
Skerries (Leinster) 3 1996/97 1998/99
Waterpark (Munster) 3 2003/04 2005/06
Bangor (Ulster) 2 1993/94 1994/95
CIYMS (Ulster) 2 1990/91 1991/92
County Carlow (Leinster) 2 2000/01 2006/07
Monkstown (Leinster) 2 1996/97 1997/98
St. Mary's College (Leinster) 2 2004/05 2015/16
Suttonians (Leinster) 2 2006/07 2007/08
Athlone (Connacht) 1 1990/91 1990/91
Ballina (Connacht) 1 1993/94 1993/94
Garryowen (Munster) 1 2014/15 2014/15
Naas (Leinster) 1 2016/17 2016/17



Sources

www.bbc.com - BBC site
www.irishrugby.ie/ - Irish rugby union site
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rugby_union_in_Ireland - Wikipedia pages about irish rugby
Every site was scanned using also web.archive.org
Many data were found on Rothmans Rugby Union Yearbook of various years.