Duffy to step down from GAA hotseat
Croke Park are on the look-out for a new director- general following Páraic Duffy's announcement that he will retire from his position on March 31 next year.
The Monaghan official notified Central Council and Management Committee of his decision yesterday. "I am privileged to have had the opportunity to serve as Ard Stiúrthóir for the past ten years," Duffy said.
"I would like to express my thanks to the four GAA presidents with whom I have worked, Nickey Brennan, Christy Cooney, Liam Ó Néill and Aogán Ó Fearghail, to the members of Central Council, Management Committee and other national committees, to our staff in Croke Park, and to officials, volunteers and staff at provincial, county and club levels for their constant support and encouragement.
"I look forward to working with Uachtarán Aogán Ó Fearghail and Uachtarán-tofa John Horan on a range of projects over the next few months."
Duffy has enjoyed a lengthy career in GAA administration. He served as Player Welfare Manager from January 2007 and became its DG in February 2008, taking over from Liam Mulvihill.
As a volunteer, he had previously chaired the Audit, Coaching and Games Committee as well as the high-powered Games Administration Committee (overseeing GAA discipline). He also served a five-year term as chairman of Monaghan County Committee.
Before joining the GAA staff in 2007, he was the first lay principal of St Macartan's College, Monaghan.
Aogán Ó Fearghail sincerely thanked Duffy for his outstanding service and wished him and his wife Vera and family well for the future.
"Páraic Duffy's vision, energy, integrity and fairness have been key to the association's growth over the past decade; his contribution has been immense," the president concluded.