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Munster and Leinster Rugby lead tributes to the late Pat Geraghty

The former media manager for both provinces has passed away after a long battle with illness.

Image: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

TRIBUTES ARE BEING paid today to Pat Geraghty, the former media and communications manager for both Munster and Leinster Rugby.

After a long battle with illness, the Kildare native has died at the age of 62.

Munster expressed “great sadness” at the passing of Geraghty, who worked for the province from 2000 until 2013, having previously spent a decade in the role with Leinster.

“A hugely popular member of the Munster backroom team, for over a decade he was an ever-present figure in the province’s greatest successes including Celtic Cup and League wins in ’03 and ’05, Heineken Cup success in ’06 and ’08, and Magners League titles in ’09 and ’11,” reads a statement issued by Munster this afternoon.

When his time with Munster concluded, Geraghty returned to North Kildare Rugby Club, where he served as director of rugby.

In a statement posted on their Facebook page, the club said: “Pat achieved great success in the rugby world but most importantly, was a true gentleman, a great friend and will forever be remembered at The Maws.”

Peter Stringer DIGITAL Source: INPHO

Munster PRO Pat Geraghty with Anthony Horgan following his final appearance for Munster 15/5/2009 Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Pat Geraghty and Donncha O'Callaghan in the changing room with the Heineken Cup Trophy Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

The extent of the tributes which have been paid to Geraghty from the Irish rugby community today is a reflection of his popularity and the esteem in which he was held.

Former Munster hooker Frankie Sheahan tweeted that Geraghty was a “legend off the pitch”, while ex-Munster forwards coach Laurie Fisher described him as “a wonderful person, the quintessential Irishman”.

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