Getting to Know Dessie Farrell

Dublin GAA has done what Dublin GAA over the last decade has done and got the job done with the appointment of Dessie Farrell as the new manager of the Dublin Senior Football team.

The announcement was made at the County Convention last night giving the club delegates first shot at hearing the news directly rather than through the media.

It was 12 days from the moment Jim Gavin informed the payers and the County Board that he was stepping down as the most successful manager in Irish sporting history.

Farrell was the anointed successor though there were a few other names bandied about as being in the frame without it ever becoming frenzied.

He was a player alongside Gavin and a hero of the Hill. He has led Dublin at Minor and U21 level to two All Ireland successes on a similar path to the man he follows. He won admiration for taking Na Fianna on a journey through the Dublin Championship last year that probably should have seen them overturn the now Leinster Champions Ballyboden St Enda’s.

Farrell qualified through his playing career as a psychiatric nurse and became the first CEO of the Gaelic Players Association when that was established.

He stepped down from there three years ago and has since established Compete with Compassion, a business consultancy helping organisations to build teams and a culture of excellence while mindful of the impact they have on the world around them and the legacy they leave behind.

“Dessie has played an integral role in the success of the Dublin footballers over the past decade in his time as manager of the Dublin Minor and U21 teams,” said outgoing Chairman of the Dublin County Board Sean Shanley.

That feeling will be echoed by his replacement Michael Seavers of Erin’s Isle. Ken O’Sullivan of Cuala was elected as Deputy Chair.

We have had the pleasure to work with Farrell on a number of projects down the years and he is one of the most decent people working within the circles we occasionally operate in.

His appointment does not guarantee that Dublin will win another match let alone continue their dominance, but it certainly gives them a much better than average chance.

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