I know all of our MU Barnhall family were saddened on Saturday morning to learn of the passing of one of our Club stalwarts and friend George Furlong.
George was our President in 2016/17. He was a player, a coach, a mentor and MU Barnhall Youth Co-ordinator for many years together with the role of Metro Representative at youth level and long-time member of the Leinster Branch Youth Committee from season 2005 to the present day.
George was a friend to many and a “True Blue”. He dedicated his time and energy to the pursuit of the development of all youth players and did so with grace. Never one for drama George was exceptionally thoughtful and when he had something to say you listened as there was always wisdom in his consultation. The great qualities that George was blessed with lend themselves to how he represented our club for many years at Leinster Metro and Youth level.
If you wanted to arrange any type of Rugby function around the club, George’s calm and organised approach would ensure all events would run smoothly. His skills while doing all of this did not reduce his cooking abilities on the BBQ.
I had the great privilege to be involved with George on the Leinster Metro and Leinster Youth Committee for many years. Back in the day you could guarantee that these meetings could get very lively. George would sit back and listen, say nothing for ages, and after everyone had spoken he would finally have his say. Calm was restored and common sense would always prevail. As a club we are honoured to have had such a noble representative.
Least we not forget, George was a family man first and foremost. He adored his family. In his presidency, my abiding memory is of seeing George and Audrey’s eyes light up when the grandchildren arrived into the Club after a 1st team game on a Saturday.
The whole Furlong family have been synonymous with Barnhall Rugby over the years. To Audrey, Roisin, Philip, Georges sisters Trisha, Yvonne, Olivia and all the grandchildren, extended family and friends, our deepest sympathies to you all.
We have lost one of the pillars of our club; we have lost a great friend, a kind and most honourable man whose influence will remain in the club for a long time to come. He will never be forgotten.
Rest in Peace George
Neart Inar Ngeag
President Ex Officio