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Who is Larry McCarthy? All you need to know about GAA's new 'hard as nails' president who has spent last 40 years in America

 

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New GAA president Larry McCarthy

New GAA president Larry McCarthy

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Stateside: New York’s Jamie Clarke with Paddy Maguire of Leitrim playing at Gaelic Park in the Bronx

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Journalist and former New York PRO John Riordan with rugby star Simon Zebo

Journalist and former New York PRO John Riordan with rugby star Simon Zebo

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New GAA president Larry McCarthy

Today will see the most unusual coronation ever in the GAA.

Larry McCarthy of Bishopstown, Co Cork will be glued to his device, plugged into a virtual GAA Congress while sitting in his apartment in Dublin. As he is officially handed the role of GAA president for the next three years, all sorts of traditions will melt away.

Will there even be a presidential pin stuck in his suit lapel? Will the delegates temporarily mute their Zoom call to give him a round of applause? And how is it that the highest office in the GAA goes to someone who has spent the last 40 years in the United States?


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