Pat Fitzgerald has been elected president of the Irish Rugby Football Union.

Fitzgerald created in history in becoming the first member of Longford RFC to be elected to the post.

Following a distinguished playing career as a scrum-half/centre he contributed to the club’s affairs on various committees and was president from 1983-85.

His administrative path included his nomination as chairman of the midlands area of Leinster rugby in the late 1970s and subsequently, as the longest serving Leinster branch member, he had the distinction of serving on every committee - most notably in the area of commercial and marketing.