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O'Suillivan coached Buccaneers and Blackrock as well as Connahct and the US Eag;es

Eddie O'Sullivan during his early coaching career with Irish club Buccaneers in 1999

Eddie O'Sullivan was brought into the Ireland coaching team after Ireland's defeat to Argentina in the 1999 World Cup

Eddie O'Sullivan and Warren Gatland when they were the coaching ticket at Ireland in 2000

Declan Kidney was foisted on O'Sullivan and was to subsequently to leave under a cloud  in  2004

Ireland assistant Declan Kidney and coach Eddie O'Sullivan at a press conference in February 2002

Ireland had to qualify for the 2003 World Cup after their defeat by Argentina

Eddie O'Sullivan anaswering questions during a pre-World Cup qualifying game against Russia in Krasnoyarsk in 2002

The victory was Ireland's first success over one of the super powers

O'Sullivan in jubiliant mood after Ireland had defeated Australia at Lansdowne in November 2002

O'Sullivan was subsequently handed another four-year deal before this season's World Cup

IRFU chief Executive Philip Browne talking at a press conference to announce Eddie O'Sullivan's four-year contract in 2003

Ireland came within a whisker of defeating Australia in their pool game before losing out 17-16

O'Sullivan makes friends with a koala bear during the welcoming party for the 2007 World Cup in Australia

Eddie O'Sullivan guided Ireland to three triple Crowns in four years

Skipper Brian O'Driscoll and O'Sullivan celebrate Ireland winning the Triple Crown in 2004

Eddie O'Sullivan was born in Youghal but now lives near Galway

Former Ireland great Moss Keane lets Eddie O'Sullivan know the odds at the Galway races in 2004

Ireland lost both Test matches during the summer tour to South Africa

O'Sullivan makes a point to French referee Joel Jutge following the 26-17 defeat by South Africa

O'Sullivan was one of the assistants under head coach Clive Woodward

Ronan O'Gara and Lions asistant Eddie O'Sullivan talk tactics during the tour to New Zealand in 2005

Ireland won the Triple Crown that season only losing to France

O'Driscoll looks at his coach as he comes under pressure at a press conference before the 2005 Six Nations

It was Ireland's third win on the trot against England and the second at Twickenham

O'Driscoll and O'Sullivan celebrate another Triple Crown success after defeating England at Twickenham

Ireland held on to win 14-10 and barely keep their World Cup hopes alive

O'Sullivan beginning to feel the pressure after a more than lucky escape in the World Cup pool game against Georgia

O'Sullivan needed a good Championship standing to hang on to his job

O'Sullivan was beginning to feel out in the cold prior to the start of this season's Six Nations Championship

Ireland finished fourth in the Six Nations, their lowest since O'Sullivan took over in 2001

The end was nigh for O'Sullivan after the hefty defeat by England at Twickenham

see also
Eddie's dignified exit
20 Mar 08 |  Irish

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