Recently, Des Kavanagh, the President of the Irish Football Union, was back in his home club in Carlow where he had thrill of presenting his own grandson, Rian, with the under 14 Players Player of the Year. It was a moment to savour.
Here, Des talks about some of the highs of his tenure in office. The triple crown in 2021, the emergence of ladies rugby in Ireland, the joy of getting to an Irish international rugby game when it looked, at one stage, as if he might be the only President of the organisation who would not get to see a game live because of the pandemic.
Then there is the Leinster Academy which is churning out quality players every season. There were lows too particularly when there were controversies in relation to the facilities for a ladies interprovincial fixture. The disappointment of coming so near to a men's Grand Slam coming so near but then so far.