Quins mourn club veteran 'Fitzy's' death
The club rugby scene in Ulster is in mourning following the death of Brian Fitzgerald, a long serving and prominent member of Belfast Harlequins.
Latterly known for organising the highly successful 'Fitzy's lunches' at the Deramore club - which were monthly events with high profile speakers drawn from throughout the sporting, political and business world - the Limerick native was known as a dedicated administrator.
A retired senior manager with the Bank of Ireland, Brian had been a long-time member of the North of Ireland club prior to the amalgamation with Collegians to form Quins in 1999.
He had played rugby at North and had featured on a Harden Cup winning team which had included the legendary Jack Kyle.
After his playing career ended, he became a rugby referee and then became an assessor.
Brian also played squash at North and became a leading administrator in the sport, rising to head up the European game by becoming its president between 1985 and 1989.
He is survived by his wife Iris.