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Passing of Munster’s Garrett Fitzgerald deeply regretted in Limerick

LIMERICK rugby has been saddened with news of the death of Munster Rugby’s Garrett Fitzgerald last evening. The Cork man served as the province’s CEO since 1999, retired in June last year and will be greatly missed by his colleagues and friends. Munster Rugby have extend their deepest sympathies to his wife Áine, children Megan, Jamie and Michael, and the extended O’Donnell-Fitzgerald family. Funeral arrangements to be announced later.
The longest-serving provincial chief executive in Irish rugby, Garrett spearheaded the province’s rise in the professional era overseeing a 20-year period that produced the greatest days for the province, with successes on and off the field. Recent deserving accolades saw the former Munster chief awarded an honorary doctorate at the University of Limerick, presented with the Richard Harris Patron’s award and honoured by the Federation of Irish Sport for his outstanding contribution to sport.

Having dealt with Garrett in his role as CEO of the provincial club, it is particularly sad to hear of his passing at such a young age. Always fair and outspoken in his dealings with the media in Limerick, my last meeting with him was outside the Munster Rugby Centre of Excellence at the University of Limerick last season and expresses its heartfelt sympathy to his family and many friends.

Gerry O’Shea, Chairman of the Munster Rugby Board, paid tribute: “We are deeply saddened by the passing of our colleague and friend Garrett Fitzgerald.
“With a hands-on approach, Garrett was the driving force behind Munster Rugby’s successful transition into the professional era, transforming the province into a club that is held in such high regard across the rugby landscape.
“Showing great humility, Garrett always ensured it was never about him, and it was always about the people of Munster Rugby.
“Playing a leading role in shaping the province’s story through his hard work and committed service over the past twenty years he leaves a lasting legacy that we will forever be grateful for.
“My sincere and heartfelt sympathies go out to Áine, Megan, Jamie and Michael, and Garrett’s extended family and friends.”
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
Funeral arrangements to follow.


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