Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 31 January 2015

GAA official quits with warning of increasing workload

A leading Ulster administrator believes that the control of finances at county board level has now become a much more complex operation.

Peadar Murray spent 20 years as Armagh treasurer before handing over the reins this week to Gerry Boyle from the Carrickcruppen club.

Lurgan-man Murray will now spend next year as assistant treasurer as Boyle finds his feet in his new role.

And he is convinced that the various and often complex strands of county board finances mean that overseeing this could become a two-person task in all counties in the near future.

“It is a bigger sport now at county level, but Armagh is in a reasonably decent financial state,” said Murray.

“Gerry Boyle is a very capable person and I have no doubt that he will prove a big success in the position of treasurer.

“He will certainly have my full support.”

The Orchard County recently gained generous backing from Rainbow Communications and a new Sponsorship Committee has been formed to fulfil the brief of formulating more fund-raising initiatives.

“There are some very capable people on this committee and a number of innovative suggestions have been brought forward and are being considered,” said Murray.

“It takes a lot of money to run GAA in any county, but given the commitment and enthusiasm of people behind the scenes, progress can certainly be made going forward.”

He has played a big part in helping to bring the Athletic Grounds up to its present status as one of the premier GAA grounds in the country, but has always preferred to work quietly behind the scenes rather than bask in the limelight.

“Peader has made a huge contribution to the welfare of the GAA in Armagh over the past two decades and we are very grateful to him for that,” said an Armagh spokesman.

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