The Ulster Bank League served up a suitably dramatic final day's action in Division 1A as Clontarf were crowned league champions for the first time, taking advantage of Old Belvedere's defeat down at Garryowen. Elsewhere, Munster clubs Thomond and Kanturk brilliantly turned the tables on their hosts in the promotion/relegation play-offs.
Following an exciting last day in Divisions 1A and 1B, we take a look at the winning teams and those both promoted and relegated in the Ulster Bank League this season. Congratulations to the four league champions - Clontarf, Terenure College, Galwegians and Nenagh Ormond.
A fascinating day of rugby lies ahead on RTÉ Two with the Ulster Bank League Division 1A title race coming to a conclusion this afternoon and Connacht hosting Munster in a crunch RaboDirect PRO12 derby at 6.15pm.
Irish Rugby TV spoke to IRFU Chief Executive Philip Browne about a series of important developments for the game here, including the appointment of Performance Director David Nucifora who is looking forward to his new role.
Munster have an opportunity to vault back into second place in the RaboDirect PRO12 when they visit provincial rivals Connacht, but the home side still have the target of their best ever league finish (seventh or higher).
After putting out an unchanged Connacht team for the last four games, head coach Pat Lam has made seven personnel changes and two positional switches to the side for Saturday's derby match against Munster at the Sportsground (kick-off 6.15pm).
On this very day 55 years ago - April 18, 1959 - an Ireland team containing the likes of Syd Millar, Noel Murphy, Ronnie Dawson and Tony O'Reilly lined out for Ireland against France at a packed Lansdowne Road.