The new GAA Director General Tom Ryan will meet members of the media, including Sport for Business, for the first time in a formal context in his new role at Croke Park today.
We will report tomorrow on what he outlines as his priorities in the months and years ahead.
Ryan has a detailed knowledge of the Association from his time as Finance Director and as part of the core team under Paraic Duffy over recent years.
Criticism has been levelled from certain quarters at the fact that he was an ‘internal’ appointment but in a traditional organisation like the GAA that is so often the way.
Liam Mulvihill and Paraic Duffy, who have overseen the GAA over the past four decades, through the rebuilding of Croke Park and the dramatic changes in Irish society since the 1970’s, both came from within and served the role well.
On their watch, the GAA has remained highly relevant in a sporting and societal context at a time when other major institutions impact on the life of the nation have waned.
Ryan will have a keen understanding that his tenure will now be judged on leadership as well as technical management and it will be interesting to see how he sets out his case today for what he sees as the most important challenges and opportunities facing the sport and the Association.
Sport for Business and Ulster Bank will bring the ‘Help for What Matters’ Rugby Club Roadshow to Galway Corinthians on Thursday, April 19th; Young Munster in Limerick on Monday, April 23rd, Cork Con on April 24th and Lansdowne in Dublin on Thursday, April 26th. Admission is free for clubs but registration is required at www.helpforwhatmatters.com