CIARÁN BARR, the man who skippered the Antrim hurlers to an historic appearance in the 1989 All-Ireland SHC final, has been appointed to a key position in the Gaelic Players Association.
The GPA today confirmed that Barr will become its new head of finance and operations. This represents a merger of two previous roles, and he will be reporting to chief executive Paul Flynn.
"I am delighted to join Paul and the team in the GPA. I hope that both my professional experience and my GAA background as a player and a coach will be an asset to the players," said Barr, who will officially take up his position on March 9.
Flynn, for his part, remarked: "I am delighted to welcome Ciarán on board. He has an outstanding track record professionally and will also be able to bring a player's understanding and mindset to the role.
"He joins the GPA at a very exciting time, and I look forward to working with him for the benefit of all members."
It's over three decades since the Belfast native sprung to national prominence with an Antrim team that broke the mould in the late ‘80s.
Barr won an All Star award at centre-forward in 1988 and then, the following year, skippered the team that stunned Offaly to reach the All-Ireland senior final.
Even though they ultimately lost heavily to Tipperary, it was a significant milestone - their first appearance in the decider since 1943.
Barr subsequently moved to the capital, where he hurled with Dublin and also St Vincent's. More recently, he managed the Dublin U21s.
He joins the GPA from Theramex (a generic pharmaceutical business) where he was the chief financial officer and board member.