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McAvoy is new Ulster Council secretary while Cavan decide

By Declan Bogue

The Belfast Telegraph can reveal that the new Ulster Council secretary is Brian McAvoy of Down.

It is understood that McAvoy and two other candidates conducted a second interview towards the end of last week, and the man from the Burren club will take over from Dr Danny Murphy, who stepped down last month in order to concentrate on recuperating from ill-health.

The job is one of immense prestige, but McAvoy has a track record in both the GAA and as a senior civil servant that leaves him well qualified for what is sure to be a demanding role.

McAvoy has been chair of the Down hurling committee and secretary of the county board. In recent times he has acted as an adviser to Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure, Carál Ní Chuilín.

Among his chief concerns will be to get the Casement Park project back on track.

However, the burning concern is of precisely how much they can get away with in terms of stadium capacity, particularly when they are so set on delivering an all-seater stadium.

Elsewhere, it is believed that Scotstown manager, and former Tyrone footballer, Mattie McGleenan met with Cavan county board officials in connection to the vacant senior football team manager's post on Saturday.

It was strongly felt that former Monaghan and Meath manager Seamus McEnaney was about to be named as the successor to Terry Hyland, and he is believed to include Martin McElkennon in his backroom, but county board chairman Gerry Brady has stated that the successful candidate will be notified on Monday night after they choose.

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