Closing In on New GAA Director General

The closing date for applications to become the next Director General of the GAA closes on Wednesday of this week.

There is no question it is the biggest job in Irish sport, effectively the CEO of an organisation that is deep in every community on the island and has a major impact on the way we view sport, become physically active and socially engaged.

Liam Mulvihill and Paraic Duffy, the two men who have led the GAA through the modern era both came from within the organisation and it will be fascinating over the coming weeks to see how the selection process unfolds.

Paraic Duffy will be joining us for a look back on his career and a look forward to what next for the GAA at our Sporting Year Ahead Breakfast on Thursday, January 18th in the Marker Hotel on Dublin’s Grand Canal Square. You can reserve your place for that here.

The Irish Examiner published a long list on Saturday of those who it considers being in the running for the role.

It names 15 candidates proving that it is a wide open field of those who would have the right credentials.

They range from the internal candidates including Pat Daly, Peter McKenna, Tomas Meehan, Feargal McGill, Alan Milton and Tom Ryan, through to those from the wider world who are involved in GAA committees including Jarlath Burns, Padraig O’Ceidigh and Liam Sheedy; and those who are involved at Provincial and County level like John Costello at Dublin GAA, Michael Reynolds in Leinster, John Prenty in Connaught, Simon Moroney in Munster and Brian McAvoy in Ulster.

Others to get a name check in the article include Dessie Farrell, Cliona O’Leary, Lisa Clancy, Damian Byrne, Fergal McCormack and Colin Regan.

It is expected that an initial shortlist of candidates will be drawn up by Lincoln Recruitment Consultants, who are handling the application process, and that interviews will take place in the coming weeks with both the current GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghaíl and his successor John Horan involved in the process.

Lincoln managed the recruitment of Dermot Earley as CEO of the Gaelic Players Association in 2017 and Dublin Footballer Paul Flynn is a Director within the business.

Duffy will remain in his position until the end of March with the new Director general in place before the start of this year’s All Ireland Championships.

See the details of what the GAA is looking for in the role of Director General as advertised by Lincoln Recruitment here.

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