Saturday 3 December 2016

Dessie Farrell to step down as head of Gaelic Players Association

Harry Clarke

Published 29/09/2016 | 08:10

Dessie Farrell will step down as head of the GPA in December
Dessie Farrell will step down as head of the GPA in December

Dessie Farrell will step down as CEO of the Gaelic Players Association in December.

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The former Dublin star and founding member of the GPA released a statement this morning to confirm the news.

“Throughout my life I feel extremely grateful to have been involved in gaelic games. I have enjoyed a long career with my club Na Fianna, an underage and senior county career with Dublin football which has spanned three decades and have been involved in coaching of younger Dublin players at different age levels over the past decade," said Farrell.

"I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to work in a career so intrinsically linked to the sports I love. It has been a tremendous honour to have led the GPA and to have served our county players over the past decade and half. We are all extremely proud of what has been achieved in that time and I feel truly privileged to have witnessed the growth, development and success of the organisation in that period.”

Chairman of the GPA, Seamus Hickey, said: “Dessie has been an inspirational leader of the GPA. 

"What he has achieved for inter-county players over his term has been extraordinary. He has nurtured a new generation of player leaders who will take the organisation to the next level.  Throughout his career he has displayed passion and commitment in his service to players. On behalf of current and former players and our supporters at home and overseas I want to thank him sincerely and wish him every success for the future.”

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