Sunday 24 February 2019

Tyrone's Roisin Jordan becomes the first ever female county board chairperson

Roisin Jordan who was elected new chairperson of the Tyrone GAA County Board at the Tyrone GAA Convention 2014. Garvaghey Centre, Garvaghey, Co. Tyrone. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE
Roisin Jordan who was elected new chairperson of the Tyrone GAA County Board at the Tyrone GAA Convention 2014. Garvaghey Centre, Garvaghey, Co. Tyrone. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE

Roisin Jordan made history tonight by becoming the first female to hold the position of a county board chairperson.

Roisin Jordan, the outgoing vice-chair, ran for the position and was returned unopposed.

Women have been filling executive positions in county boards for quite some time, with many acting as county secretaries, but this is the first time a woman has held the top job in a county.

Mrs Jordan is a former camogie player who came through the administrative ranks, starting out with her club Eglish where she served as secretary.

Her first role with the county board was as a member of Tyrone’s disciplinary board (CCC). She has been vice-chair for the past five years, when she also chaired their CCC.

The current secretaries of the Kildare and Wexford boards are both women – Kathleen O'Neill and Margaret Doyle – but a woman has never before held the position of county chairperson.

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