Belfast Telegraph

Friday 1 August 2014

Croke Park chiefs to name new Director General

The identity of the GAA's new director general is expected to be known within the next 24 hours.

A special Management Committee meeting has been called for today in Croke Park to ratify the appointment of Liam Mulvihill's replacement.

It is expected that the new director general will be unveiled to the public tomorrow.

There are just three candidates left in the race to succeed Mulvihill, who retires at the end of January, with Monaghan's Paraic Duffy the hot favourite.

Duffy, who was a spectator at last Sunday's Crossmaglen Rangers v Dromore AIB Ulster Club semi-final, is Croke Park's current player welfare manager and is a former chairman of the GAC.

He is one of the leading legislators within the Association and has played an important part in helping to implement and then streamline the All Ireland Championship Qualifier series.

He has given outstanding service to his native to Monaghan and had been principal of St Macartan's College there before taking up his present appointment just short of a year ago.

Croke Park stadium manager Peter McKenna and former Dublin footballer and company managing director Pat Gilroy are the other candidates for the high-powered post.

The position, bringing with it a lucrative overall package, is being offered on a seven-year contract.

The role of GAA Director General is regarded as the most prestigious in Irish sport.

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