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Wednesday 14 November 2018

Devitt new GAA secretary

Wexford town native to start in role on December 3

Gearoid Devitt is the new Secretary of Wexford G.A.A.

His appointment was announced on Thursday in a statement released by Wexford County Board, following an interview process in Croke Park.

Gearóid is a native of Wexford town, having previously lived with his parents in Mansfield Drive, Coolcotts, and his father won a Junior hurling medal with the local Clonard club.

The new Secretary has held a number of committee positions in Croke Park where he has been employed for the past seven years.

He was educated at Mungret N.S. in Limerick, St. Clement's College (Limerick), and D.C.U., qualifying in Financial & Actuarial Mathematics, Economics, Mathematics, Finance, Statistics, Accounting and Computer Programming.

Gearóid has been the G.A.A's Player Welfare Officer since April, 2015. In this role he acted as the Secretary and servicing officer to the Association's Medical, Scientific and Welfare committee, which provides advice with regard to policy on matters such as injury prevention, concussion, anti-doping, player safety, and other welfare issues.

Gearóid also managed the Association's activities in these areas and co-ordinated the first-ever G.A.A. Player Conference in February, 2018.

Prior to this role, he was the servicing officer for the G.A.A's Higher Education (Comhairle Ard Oideachais) and Post Primary Schools (Comhairle Larbhunscoileanna) Councils for four years, and prior to this appointment worked as the G.A.A. Development Officer in Trinity College, Dublin.

During his time in Croke Park he has also previously served as Secretary to both the Central Hearings Committee and Central Appeals Committee.

His first involvement in G.A.A. administration was as Chairman and P.R.O. with D.C.U. Hurling Club as an undergrad student, where he also coached the Freshers team.

Gearóid is a passionate supporter of the Wexford county teams and is looking forward to his new post working with the county and club officials, staff, volunteers, players, supporters, and other stakeholders throughout the county, to further develop Gaelic games locally.

He will commence his new appointment on December 3, replacing Margaret Doyle, who is retiring.

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