Wednesday 13 November 2019

Sadness at Pat's untimely death

The late Pat Geraghty. Photo: Sportsfile
The late Pat Geraghty. Photo: Sportsfile

Declan Rooney

One of Munster Rugby's greatest off-field servants, Pat Geraghty, was laid to rest yesterday afternoon following his death earlier this week after a lengthy battle with illness.

Pat served as Munster Rugby's Media Manager for 13 years following his move to the province in 2000, and prior to that he was also highly regarded during his ten years in a similar role with Leinster Rugby.

At the helm during Munster's most successful period, Pat was the link between management, players and the media, a time when the demands on both areas of the province were more severe than ever.

Under his tutelage, the Munster players were guided through their Heineken Cup-winning seasons of 2006 and 2008, while he was also at their sides as a representative whenever needed, be it during after-match interviews or disciplinary hearings.

In his role as media manager in Munster, Pat forged a reputation as a fierce protector of his players, and the outpouring of grief from them this week has been notable.

A native of Kildare, Pat also took the opportunity to work in the off-season of 2012 at the London Summer Olympics, where he provided media assistance for various sports including archery, a role that brought him great joy.

A former Clongowes Wood student, Pat played his early rugby with North Kildare Rugby Club, where he proudly returned as director of rugby after his time with Munster Rugby concluded in 2013.

Following Funeral Mass in St Patrick's Church, Celbridge, Co Kildare yesterday morning, Pat was laid to rest in Donacomper Cemetery.

Our thoughts are with his wife Kathy, daughters Sarah and Mary-Kate, and all his family and friends at this time.

May he rest in peace.

Irish Independent

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