He was born in 1959 and reared in the St Luke’s area of Cork and while attending St Patrick’s National School, he was an eager hurling and football player with the local Brian Dillon’s club.
Cork Constitution achieved possibly their greatest feat in 1991 when they won the inaugural All Ireland league.
It was just as successful for Donal on the Senior International scene when he made his debut against Australia in 1981.
A wonderful knowledgeable man that is widely admired and a credit to this city that easily put him in the ‘Leeside Legend’ category.
Donal Lenihan played hurling and football with Brian Dillon’s during his schooldays at St Patrick’s National School.
He won a total of 52 caps at senior level for Ireland between 1981 and 1992.
Donal played for Cork at Gaelic football when he was selected for the Cork primary schools team in 1971.
Lenihan was part of the British and Irish Lions’ 1983 tour of New Zealand, but with the 1986 tour to South Africa cancelled, he still made the 1989 squad that toured Australia.
He was manager of the Lions team that toured Australia in 2001.
Lenihan is a regular rugby correspondent with the Irish Examiner and is also an RTÉ pundit.
In 2015, Donal Lenihan received the Hall of Fame award at the Mayfield Community Volunteer Awards.