UCC Sport mourns the passing of Garrett Fitzgerald RIP.
The team in UCC Sport and our wider rugby and sporting community is saddened by the untimely passing of Mr Garrett Fitzgerald who passed away on Friday 14th of February. We send our sincere condolences to his wife Áine, children Megan, Jamie and Michael, and the extended O’Donnell-Fitzgerald family; all his colleagues in Munster Rugby, UCC Rugby and sport. Garrett graduated from UCC and was a topclass player with UCC RFC and coach.
During an 18-year playing career in rugby union, Garrett played in the front row University College Cork R.F.C. and Cork Constitution. In a 19-year coaching career, Fitzgerald coached Christian Brothers College to five Munster Schools Senior Cups, as well as working with Irish Universities, Munster under-20s and UCC. Perhaps his most famous achievement as a coach came in 1992, when he coached Munster to a 22–19 victory against then-world champions Australia in Musgrave Park.
Garrett became Munster’s CEO in 1999 and was a driving force behind the province becoming a European powerhouse. He was at the helm for some of the greatest days in the province’s history, including their coveted first Heineken Cup success in 2006, followed by a second triumph in 2008, as well as three league triumphs in 2002–03, 2008–09 and 2010–11. He also oversaw the redevelopment of both Thomond Park and Musgrave Park, and the consolidation of Munster’s training bases in Cork and Limerick into one base at the University of Limerick