Munster Rugby Chief Executive Officer Garrett Fitzgerald is to retire in June.
Fitzgerald, who has served as Munster Rugby CEO since 1999, is the longest-serving provincial chief executive in Irish rugby. A recruitment process to find his replacement will commence shortly with Philip Quinn continuing to serve as CEO in an acting capacity in the meantime.
Fitzgerald has led Munster into the professional era and overseen a 20-year period that has produced the greatest days for the province, with successes on and off the field.
Some of the landmark moments throughout an illustrious career include winning two Heineken European Cups and three equivalents of the Guinness PRO14, as well as the redevelopment of Thomond Park and Irish Independent Park, and the move to one training centre at the High-Performance Centre in UL.
Fitzgerald was honoured last month for his outstanding contribution to Irish Sport at the Federation of Irish Sport Industry Awards.
“I look back on my time in Munster Rugby with the fondest of memories. I have experienced fantastic days, working with great people in a unique environment, and for this I am very grateful,” he said yesterday.
“I would like to thank my wife Áine and family, without their support over the past 20 years none of this would have been possible.”
“A strong identity and unique culture are two of Munster Rugby’s greatest assets, and with the ever-changing rugby landscape it is this culture and a shared belief system that sees the province consistently thrive at the highest level.”
“I believe harnessing all that is good about Munster Rugby will lead to future success for the province, and I look forward to seeing the brand and organisation continue to go from strength to strength.”
“Everyone in Irish rugby will join me in thanking Garrett for the many years of service he has given to the game, and to wish him well in retirement,” added Philip Browne, CEO of the IRFU.
“Since his appointment in 1999 Garrett has transformed Munster Rugby. He has succeeded in keeping the very best of the amateur era and ethos at the club while building it into a professional sports club that is the envy of many throughout the rugby world.”