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Ulster dynamo McAvoy hailed as a key figure in Association

 

John Campbell

By John Campbell

Ulster Council CEO Brian McAvoy has been named as one of the 20 most influential figures within the island's biggest sporting organisation.

McAvoy, who assumed his role following the death of the long-serving Danny Murphy, has made a huge impact since taking up his post.

The Burren man has, to date, led by inspirational example and has helped to oversee several innovations at club and county level.

McAvoy, who is highly regarded within the Croke Park corridors of power, is facing into a rather more demanding environment as the Casement Park refurbishment scheme has still to get off the ground, while alterations to the fixtures calendar could lead to a heavier work-load for the Ulster Council.

Unsurprisingly, president John Horan, who set up the Calendar Year Fixtures Review Task Force among other projects, is named as the most influential figure in the GAA, followed by Director General Tom Ryan.

As the Association faces into what could prove to be a very challenging 2020, given that it will see Tier Two of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship launched and changes in the playing rules introduced, the highest-ranking officials are preparing to face an exceptionally busy schedule over the next 12 months.

Meanwhile, Tyrone Fabrication will continue as title sponsor of Tyrone GAA for a third year. Red Hands chairman Michael Kerr has welcomed this development for the county.

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