Duffy announced as GAA's new director general

Monaghan man Paraic Duffy has been confirmed as the GAA's new Director General. The appointment was announced following a meeting of the GAA's Management Committee this evening and will take effect from February 1, 2008.

Duffy is succeeding Liam Mulvihill in the role and his term of office will be for a seven-year period.

The Scotstown native is currently the GAA's Player Welfare Manager and joined the Association as a full-time administrator last January. A former Principal of St. Macartans College in Monaghan, he brings a wealth of experience to the post.

A former Chairman of the Monaghan County Board, Duffy has chaired many central GAA Committees. He was Chairman of the National Audit Committee (2006), the Coaching & Games Development Committee (2003-2006) and the Games Administration Committee (2000-2003).

Duffy's playing club was Castleblaney Faughs, with whom he also gained his first administrative experience in the GAA. He was a selector with the successful Monaghan senior football team from 1983 to 1987 and was the International Rules Tour Manager in Australia in 2001 as well as on two Junior Tours. He has been involved with coaching at underage at all levels and holds a Club Coach Level One Award.

GAA President Nickey Brennan said: "Paraic Duffy is a man with an outstanding record of effective and practical service to the GAA at club, colleges, county and national level.

"He has fulfilled various roles and delivered on briefs down through the years with authority and distinction.

"His ability, integrity and intellectual capability to address core issues in the Association was recognised and appreciated by all closely involved in the affairs of the Association and the broader GAA constituency, who followed his career and contribution to the organisation to date," he added.

"I'm immensely pleased that Paraic was available and willing to assume the responsibility of the most pivotal role in the Association at a hugely strategic and important time in the evolution of the GAA and the many challenges it faces in an era of accelerated and intense globalisation."

Liam Mulvihill, the outgoing Director General, Mr Liam Mulvihill, explained that the role of Director General had "evolved and changed dramatically over the years."

Mulvihill added: "I've respected and admired Paraic's commitment, dedication and professionalism as an innovator and administrator for many years and as a colleague in the central Administration of the GAA over the last year.

"I could not think of anybody more suitable and capable of taking on the responsibility and challenges of Director General. I'm sure that the management of the Administration of the GAA is in safe hands in the years ahead."

Duffy becomes only the fourth man to hold the top administrative post in the GAA since 1929 and is the 18th in all. He is the first Ulsterman to be appointed to a position previously held by the likes of Michael Cusack, a founder of the Association, Frank B Dineen, the man who purchased Croke Park for the GAA, Luke O'Toole, Sean O Smochain and Padraig S Caoimh.

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