Liam O'Neill

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Liam O'Neill is a Gaelic games administrator, who served as the 37th President of the Gaelic Athletic Association. He is from County Laois.

Gaelic games Set of sports originating, and mainly played, on the island of Ireland

Gaelic games are sports played in Ireland under the auspices of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). Gaelic football and hurling are the two main games. Other games organised by the GAA include Gaelic handball and rounders.

Gaelic Athletic Association Irish amateur sporting and cultural organisation

The Gaelic Athletic Association is an Irish international amateur sporting and cultural organisation, focused primarily on promoting indigenous Gaelic games and pastimes, which include the traditional Irish sports of hurling, camogie, Gaelic football, Gaelic handball and rounders. The association also promotes Irish music and dance, as well as the Irish language.

County Laois County in the Republic of Ireland

County Laois is a county in Ireland. It is located in the south of the Midlands Region and is also located in the province of Leinster, and was formerly known as "Queen's County." The modern county takes its name from Loígis, a medieval kingdom.

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Biography

A former Chairman of the Leinster Council, O'Neill initially sought the GAA presidency at the 2008 Congress, but was defeated by Christy Cooney. [1]

The Leinster Council is a Provincial council of the Gaelic Athletic Association sports of hurling, Gaelic football, camogie, rounders and handball in the province of Leinster. The Leinster Council has been partnered with the European County Board to help develop Gaelic Games in Europe. Leinster Council's main contribution to this goal is the provision of referees.

Christy Cooney is a Gaelic games administrator, who served as the 36th President of the Gaelic Athletic Association. He was elected president at the annual GAA Congress on 12 April 2008 and succeeded Nickey Brennan in the post in 2009 - becoming the 36th President of the GAA.

In June 2010, O'Neill became the first person to declare his candidacy to succeed Cooney. [2] He became president-elect at the annual GAA Congress in April 2011 following the withdrawal of three other candidates, [3] and succeeded Cooney in the post on 14 April 2012 at the Congress held at Killenard in Laois - becoming the 37th President of the GAA. [4]

A primary school principal, [4] O'Neill set out in his inaugural address a manifesto centred on sports issues (refereeing, discipline, fixtures planning and the promotion of hurling), organisation (finance, infrastructure and the development of officers) and growth (youth involvement, recruiting new members, forming new clubs and the challenge of urbanisation). [5]

Following the 2012 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final, O'Neill related that All-Ireland winning captain Michael Murphy, as they exchanged the Sam Maguire Cup, had offered his condolences on the sudden death of O'Neill's sister the previous day. President O'Neill went on to express his admiration for Murphy and called him an "exceptional young captain". [6]

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References

  1. "Cooney to be next GAA President". RTÉ. 12 April 2008. Archived from the original on 14 April 2008. Retrieved 14 April 2009.
  2. "O'Neill to run for GAA presidency". Irish Examiner. 24 June 2010. Retrieved 24 June 2010.
  3. "Howlin withdrawal clears way for O'Neill". RTÉ. 28 February 2011. Retrieved 28 February 2011.
  4. 1 2 Kerry GAA report on election (Some reports refer to him as the 38th; the founding President, Maurice Davin, uniquely served a second term.)
  5. "Óráid an Uachtaráin nua Liam O'Neill". GAA.ie. 14 February 2012. Archived from the original on 17 April 2012. Retrieved 14 February 2012.
  6. "President praises Murphy for gesture". Hogan Stand. 5 October 2012. Retrieved 5 October 2012.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Christy Cooney
President of the Gaelic Athletic Association
2012 - 2015
Succeeded by
Aogan O' Fearghail