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Former Munster chief executive Garrett Fitzgerald dies aged 65

Irish Mirror logoIrish Mirror 3 days ago Robert Hynes
a man holding a sign: Garrett Fitzgerald © INPHO/James Crombie Garrett Fitzgerald

Former Munster chief executive Garrett Fitzgerald has died aged 65.

He served as the province’s CEO since 1999 and retired in June last year, becoming the longest-serving provincial chief executive in Irish rugby in that time.

Fitzgerald 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.

Among the accolades he received were an honorary doctorate at the University of Limerick and the Richard Harris Patron’s award. He was also honoured by the Federation of Irish Sport for his outstanding contribution to sport.

Munster chairman Gerry O’Shea said: "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 20 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."

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