At forty-six years of age,Quilligan is one of the youngest ever to hold the position - certainly the youngest in the modern era - and he follows in the footsteps of his father Kevin, who was President in 1978-79.
John Quilligan represents the third generation of his family to be involved in rugby at club, provincial and national level. His grandfather, Jack Quilligan, was an Irish Selector in the 1930s and President of the Munster Branch in 1940. His father, Kevin Quilligan, was also President of the Munster Branch, in 1974.
A life long member of Garryowen FC, John joined the club's committee as Fixtures Secretary in 1987. He became the Garryowen club delegate to the Munster Branch in 1991 and served on the Branch until his election as Junior Vice President of the IRFU in 20001.
He was the inaugural Chairman of the Clubs of Ireland Sub Committee, which set out the parameters for club funding against defined developmental goals.
John is employed by Bank of Ireland Finance as Territory Manager in the Mid-West. He is also a member of Limerick Golf Club.