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Thursday 19 October 2017

Legend Oliver remembered forever in Tullamore

Tullamore RFC commissioned a bronze bust of Oliver McGlinchey, who died in December 2008, and this will be unveiled in the clubhouse tomorrow after the match against Coolmine.

The ceremony will be at 5.30pm and before Leinster kick-off against Saracens at Wembley.

The Late Oliver, or 'The Goalie' as he was known, was an active member of Tullamore for more than 70 years. As a player, he won a Towns Cup medal in 1946 and was captain in 1942/43. He was also capped by Leinster Juniors in 1939/40. He then became a referee in the late 1940s and was elected as president of the ARLB in 1969/70.

As an administrator, he has few if any equals in rugby as he was club president on two occasions -- 1961/62 and 1978/79. Oliver held the position of honorary secretary for 10 years, honorary treasurer for 21 years and fixtures secretary for six years He was also a trustee of the club for more than 30 years and was at matches every Sunday.

Oliver also represented the club on the Midlands Area Committee, and was on the Leinster Junior Committee for several years and the Referee's Association before becoming its president.

Anyone who knew Oliver is most welcome and his family would be delighted to meet you.

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