Munster Rugby has confirmed that two of its squad members are to retire on health grounds with immediate effect.
Liam O’Connor has been advised to retire on medical grounds following successful surgery for a recent neck injury.
The prop made 34 Munster appearances since his debut against Stade Francais in the Champions Cup in January 2016.
A product of the Academy and former CBC student, O’Connor won the British & Irish Cup with Munster A in 2017.
He made 11 appearances in the first 12 games of the 2017/18 campaign but sustained a long-term knee injury against Ospreys in December 2017.
The Cork Constitution clubman helped Munster to a memorable victory over South Africa A at Páirc Uí Chaoimh in recent times.
Paddy Kelly has retired from professional rugby on medical grounds due to a concussion sustained earlier in the season.
He has received specialist medical care since the concussion, and despite all efforts, the decision to retire was made in the best interests of his long-term health.
A former St Munchin’s College student, the lock departs after one year as part of the senior squad having come through the Academy.
Also in the departure lounge, which was confirmed earlier this season, are Malakai Fekitoa (Benetton) and Ben Healy (Edinburgh).
Additionally, the club confirmed that Eoin O’Connor, Oli Morris and Academy player Conor Phillips have completed their time at the province.
O’Connor will move abroad for a new playing opportunity.
Centre Morris leaves after joining Munster in October when Worcester Warriors went into administration.
Winger Phillips departs after three years in the Academy that included two senior appearances. A former Crescent College student, he is also an Ireland 7s international and plays his club rugby with Young Munster.
Chris Farrell, James French and Dan Goggin all departed for new playing opportunities earlier this season.