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Thursday 19 September 2019

GAA Director General Paraic Duffy announces plans to retire in March

Ard Stiúrthoir Paraic Duffy. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile
Ard Stiúrthoir Paraic Duffy. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile Newsdesk Newsdesk

The GAA's Director General Páraic Duffy will retire on March 31 after 10 years in the role.

Duffy served as GAA Player Welfare Manager from January 2007 and became its Director General in February 2008 taking over from Liam Mulvihil. As a volunteer, he had previously chaired the organisation’s Audit, Coaching and Games, and Games Administration committees, as well as completing a five year term as Chairman of Monaghan County Committee.

Before joining the GAA staff in 2007, he was the first Lay Principal of St. Macartan’s College, Monaghan - one of Ireland’s largest Catholic boy’s second-level schools, from August 1996 until January 2007.

He notified Central Council and Management Committee of his decision today, stating: “I am privileged to have had the opportunity to serve as Ard Stiúrthóir for the past ten years.

“I would like to express my thanks to the four GAA Presidents with whom I have worked, Nickey Brennan, Christy Cooney, Liam Ó Néill and Aogán Ó Fearghail, to the members of Central Council, Management Committee and other national committees, to our staff in Croke Park, and to officials, volunteers and staff at provincial, county and club levels for their constant support and encouragement.

“I look forward to working with Uachtarán Aogán Ó Fearghail and Uachtarán-tofa John Horan on a range of projects over the next few months.”

On behalf of the GAA, the President, Aogán Ó Fearghail, sincerely thanked Páraic Duffy for his outstanding service and wished him and his wife Vera and family well for the future.

The President concluded: “Páraic Duffy’s vision, energy, integrity and fairness have been key to the Association’s growth over the past decade; his contribution has been immense. Tá muid fíor bhuíoch dó agus guíonn muid gach rath ar Pháraic sa todhchaí.”

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