Rob Kearney is an Irish rugby union footballer who currently plays for UCD, Leinster and Ireland. As a youth he also played rugby union for Clongowes Wood College and Gaelic footballfor Louth in the All-Ireland Minor Football Championship.
Born and raised in the Cooley Peninsula, Kearney, like many of his peers, got involved in athletics at an early age. The dominant sport in the area is Gaelic football. As a youth, Kearney played Gaelic for Naomh Mhuire, and in the Cooley Kickhams underage setup, before graduating to the Cooley senior football team at the relatively young age of 16. He played for Cooley in the Louth Senior Football Championship final in 2004.
On 21 April 2009, Kearney was named in the British and Irish Lions squad for the 2009 tour to South Africa. He made his Lions test debut as a substitute in the 26–21 First Test defeat in Durban. Due to an injury to Lee Byrne, Kearney was selected again for the second test in Pretoria. He scored the only try for the Lions, however they lost 28–25. He then played in the final test in Johannesburg which the Lions won 28–9.