O’Dono­van takes over as GAA Sec­re­tary

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CORK County Board vice-chair­per­son Kevin O’Dono­van will take over from Frank Mur­phy as the Board’s full time sec­re­tary/CEO, ef­fec­tive from De­cem­ber 17, af­ter a rec­om­men­da­tion was ac­cepted by the Cork County Board Ex­ec­u­tive last Thurs­day, and sub­ject to fi­nal ap­proval by the Cork County Board at its next meet­ing.

O’Dono­van suc­ceeds Frank Mur­phy, who re­tires at this year’s County Con­ven­tion af­ter 45 years of distin­guished ser­vice as County Board Sec­re­tary.

The re­cruit­ment process, or­gan­ised by the GAA’s HR De­part­ment at the re­quest of Cork County Board, com­menced in July and the in­ter­view panel, com­prised of a num­ber of high level GAA rep­re­sen­ta­tives, rec­om­mended the ap­point­ment of O’Dono­van.

From the Kilmeen and Kil­bree club based in Ross­more, Kevin has had ex­ten­sive GAA in­volve­ment at club and county level. He has worked as a Games De­vel­op­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tor (GDA) and De­vel­op­ment Squads Ad­min­is­tra­tor, and has been a County Board Of­fi­cer since 2015, serv­ing as Coach­ing Of­fi­cer and cur­rently Vice-Chair­per­son. He is a mem­ber of the GAA Na­tional Fixtures Anal­y­sis Com­mit­tee, chairs the Cork GAA Com­pe­ti­tions Con­trol Com­mit­tee, and has held a va­ri­ety of of­fi­cer­ships in his own club.

Wel­com­ing the ap­point­ment, County Board Chair­per­son, Tracey Kennedy, said that the new sec­re­tary/CEO was tak­ing up his ap­point­ment at a time of great op­por­tu­nity and chal­lenge for Cork GAA.

“Our pri­or­ity is to main­tain and im­prove the high level of en­gage­ment by clubs, play­ers and vol­un­teers whose work shapes and de­fines the or­gan­i­sa­tion in the county, and to en­sure that Cork GAA is equipped to grow and op­er­ate suc­cess­fully into the fu­ture.”

“The per­for­mances of all our county teams are also of para­mount im­por­tance. The suc­cess of our de­vel­op­ment squad pro­gramme, in which Kevin has been piv­otally in­volved, is vi­tal to the cre­ation of a path­way for suc­cess in the fu­ture. With re­ports due from our strate­gic plan im­ple­men­ta­tion com­mit­tee and our foot­ball plan­ning com­mit­tee in the near fu­ture, we will ex­pect the new sec­re­tary to drive any rec­om­men­da­tions ap­proved by the County Board.”

“The man­age­ment and op­ti­mi­sa­tion of our mag­nif­i­cent new sta­dium, Páirc Ui Chaoimh, is also an im­por­tant task in which our new sec­re­tary will have a role as a mem­ber of the Board of Di­rec­tors. It is im­per­a­tive that the sta­dium ful­fils it games pro­mo­tion role as one of the premier GAA venues in the coun­try. It must also achieve the com­mer­cial and com­mu­nity ob­jec­tives which have been set.”

“Kevin suc­ceeds some­one whose work on be­half of the GAA in Cork and na­tion­ally is im­mea­sur­able. In his term of of­fice as County Board sec­re­tary, Frank Mur­phy has over­seen the growth of the GAA or­gan­i­sa­tion in Cork, the phe­nom­e­nal suc­cess of our in­ter-county teams, the rad­i­cal re­de­vel­op­ment of club fa­cil­i­ties, the de­vel­op­ment of three new sta­di­ums, the achieve­ment of un­par­al­leled spon­sor­ship sup­port for our county teams and so much more.”

The ap­point­ment of Kevin O’Dono­van as County sec­re­tary/CEO cre­ates a va­cancy for the role of County Vice-chair­per­son.

To fa­cil­i­tate nom­i­na­tions for that po­si­tion, which will now close on Novem­ber 16 at 12 noon, the date for County Con­ven­tion has been changed from Sun­day De­cem­ber 10 to Satur­day De­cem­ber 16 at Páirc Uí Chaoimh, com­menc­ing at 7pm.

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