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Ulster's Duffy lands top Croke job

By John Campbell

Paraic Duffy is the new Director General of the Gaelic Athletic Association.

Monaghan man Duffy becomes the first Ulster holder of what is regarded as the most prestigious administrative post in Irish sport.

The Croke Park Management Committee, in confirming his appointment, revealed that he will hold office for seven years with effect from February 1 next.

Duffy is currently the GAA's Player Welfare Manager and joined the Association as a full -time administrator on January 1 of this year.

A former Principal of St. Macartans College in Monaghan, he brings a wealth of experience to the post.

He is an ex-chairman of the Monaghan County Board and 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)

He played his club football with Castleblaney Faughs, with whom he also gained his first administrative experience in the GAA.

Duffy 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 has been recognised and appreciated by all closely involved in the affairs of the Association."

President said that he was immensely pleased that Duffy is now 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.

Outgoing Director General Liam Mulvihill, said that the role of Director General had evolved and changed dramatically over the years.

He said that each new era presented new challenges and greater need for effective and innovative management.

"I have always 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, " said Mulvihill.

A graduate of the University of Ulster and UCD, Duffy's work as Player Welfare Manager in Croke Park has already facilitated the publishing of key reports on Player Burnout and the playing of Club Fixtures.

Working with the Higher Education Committee he was instrumental in the creation of a bursaries scheme for Third level colleges earlier this year, while throughout his tenure he has liaised with Inter-county Players and the GPA.

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