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Like father like as top jobs run son at Bective in the family

THAT a club president is the son of a past president is uncommon -- if not unique. That in the same season the club captain is the son of a past club captain is almost unprecedented, but that is that case at Bective Rangers this year.

In 1969, Ben Kealy Senior joined Bective Rangers from Railway Union and immediately got involved in the life of the club.

After a successful playing and administrative career at the club, Ben was elected club president for the season 2003/2004 when he served with distinction.

Less than a decade later the club president in Bective is Ben Kealy Junior. Ben Junior was Bective director of rugby for more than 10 years until May 2012 when he was elected club president for 2012/13.

Harry Harbison first joined Bective Rangers in autumn 1982 having played previously in UCD, and he played with Bective until he retired as a player in 1987.

Harry is one of only five people who represented Ireland at Schools, University, U23, Ireland B and Ireland level. In the spring of 1987 he was named the best hooker in the world by Paris Match when the magazine nominated their world team. He was selected on the Ireland team for the inaugural Rugby World Cup that same year but had the terrible misfortune to suffer an injury in training, which meant that not alone did he not play in the tournament, but his days as a front row were finished.

In a further recognition of his talent, Harry was named on the Team of the Century by UCD last year when the rugby club celebrated its centenary.

Harry moved to Limerick shortly afterwards to raise his family. In 2008, his son Conor moved to Dublin and joined Bective where he quickly made his presence felt throughout the club.

His commitment to the club, and his team, has earned him much respect in Bective, and players and members were delighted when he followed in his father's footsteps and became club captain.

Congratulations to both families and hopefully the Kealy and Harbison names will continue to be associated with Bective Rangers into the future.


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