Larry McCarthy will tomorrow become the first GAA President to represent an Overseas unit when he takes over at the 2021 Annual Congress.

He emigrated from Cork to New York in the 1980s and has been deeply involved with Gaelic Games in the big apple since.

He has served as Chair and Secretary of the New York County Board and is a member of the GAA’s Management Committee as well as being a Trustee of the organisation.

In his day job in New Jersey McCarthy is an Associate Professor of Management and lecturer in Sports Marketing at Seton Hall University.

He will however be relocating back to Ireland for the term of his office which will run from 2021 to 2024

McCarthy is the first AIB All Ireland Club Championship winner to step up to the top role, having won with Thomond College Limerick in 1978.

His election last year was as dramatic as any Championship final with McCarthy and Jarlath Burns locked together on 110 votes before the fourth and final count saw the distribution of the eliminated John Bolger of Leinster give him enough to win by ten in the end.

McCarthy has been a subscriber to Sport for Business for a number of years and we look forward to getting to know him better as he moves into the most high profile position and one of the most influential positions in sports administration.

The challenges he will face are many and varied but he takes over an organisation that found its feet on the slippy surface that Covid-19 presented over the past year.

We are far from through it and the legacy it has left will have multiple impacts throughout the next three years.

McCarthy’s reputation as a problem solver, however, and as a man who has experience across multiple sporting landscapes, as well as an innate understanding of the commercial world, puts him in a strong position to pick up the mantle that John Horan will bestow upon him in the strange virtual world of Congress 2021.

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