McQuilkin arrived in Ireland in 1992 and played with Bective Rangers under the tutelage of his father Noel. He established himself as a regular on the Leinster team in 1995/1996 and formed the midfield partnership with Vincent Cunningham that was narrowly beaten by Cardiff in the Heineken Cup semi final (Dec). He won his first of five caps against the United States in Atlanta in January 1996 and went on to gain further caps that season against Scotland and France. He also captained Leinster that season, a memorable one that saw them relieve Munster of the Interpro championship title - he scored three tries in the 42-26 win over the Exiles - led the side to that unforgettable 16-9 win over Leicester Tigers at a packed Donnybrook.
He won his last senior international cap against Scotland in Murrayfield in March 1997 by which time he had become an IRFU Regional Development Officer and moved to play his club rugby with Lansdowne, where he won two Senior Cup medals, captaining the side on one occasion.
In the latter stages of his RDO tenure, his responsibility centred on south east Leinster where he oversaw a huge growth in the game at school and youth level. In more recent times his responsibility shifted and for the past two seasons he has been Elite Player Development Officer dealing with U16 & U18 Schools/Youths and the National Academy.
And now, having 'been there, done that', Kurt returns home having contributed an enormous amount to the development of Irish rugby.