Larry McCarthy has been elected as the 40th GAA president after defeating favourite Jarlath Burns on the fourth count at Croke Park tonight.
McCarthy trailed Burns by 17 votes on the first count but recovered as the votes of eliminated candidates Jerry O'Sullivan and Mick Rock were distributed to go level at 110 apiece after three counts.
The distribution of Jim Bolger's votes then pushed McCarthy past the quota to confirm him as the GAA's first overseas President.
He will take over from incumbent John Horan next year and has said that he intends to move to Ireland for the duration of his term.
Originally from Cork, McCarthy emigrated to New York in 1985 and is affiliated to the Sligo club in the city. He has served on the New York county board as secretary for six years and chairman for another three.