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Quins mourn club veteran 'Fitzy's' death

By Michael Sadlier

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.

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