The president of the Gaelic Athletic Association (Irish : Uachtarán Cumann Lúthchleas Gael) is the head of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA).
The president holds office for three years. The role of president has existed since the foundation of the GAA. The president of the GAA is one of the leading figures in civil society in Ireland, as the association has around one million members and is present in every parish in the country. The role of president involves representing the GAA in Ireland and across the world. Former presidents of the GAA have a key role within the GAA, sitting on the motions committee which rules if motions to the annual Congress are in order. They also have become known for other roles such as Seán Kelly, who is now an MEP.
The president travels across Ireland and the world to promote the organisation and attend games; former President Nickey Brennan travelled 160,000 miles in Ireland alone during his three years as president, and visited Great Britain, Europe, North America, Asia, Australia and the Middle East on several occasions, meeting dignitaries such as New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg along the way.
The current president is Larry McCarthy, installed at the 2021 GAA Congress.
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The president is elected at Annual Congress. He then serves as -elect for one year.
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In 1981, John Kerry O'Donnell became the first overseas member of the GAA to run for president.
In 2020, Larry McCarthy became the first overseas member of the GAA to be elected as president.
|Name in Irish||Term of office||County|
|1.|| Maurice Davin |
(29 June 1842 – 27 January 1927)
|2.|| Edward Bennet |
(1845 – 24 November 1910)
|N/A|| Maurice Davin |
(29 June 1842 – 27 January 1927)
|3.|| Peter Kelly |
(1847 – 7 April 1908)
|4.|| Frank Dineen |
(1862 – 18 April 1916)
|5.|| Michael Deering |
(1858 – 25 March 1901)
|6.|| James Nowlan |
(1862[ citation needed ] – June 1924)
|7.|| Daniel McCarthy |
(22 January 1883 – 2 March 1957)
|8.|| Patrick Breen |
(? – ?)
|9.|| Liam Clifford |
(27 June 1876 – 24 February 1949)
|10.|| Seán Ryan |
(1895 – 7 March 1963)
|11.|| Seán McCarthy |
(1889 – 14 March 1974)
|12.|| Bob O'Keeffe |
(16 August 1880 – 1949)
|13.|| Pádraig MacNamee |
(1896 – 1975)
|14.|| Séamus Gardiner |
(1894 – 10 January 1976)
|15.|| Dan O'Rourke |
(? – 4 August 1968)
|16.|| Michael Kehoe |
(22 June 1899 – 8 January 1977)
|17.|| Vincent O'Donoghue |
(18 May 1900 – 29 May 1972)
|18.|| Séamus McFerran |
(10 January 1916 – 31 August 1978)
|19.|| Joseph Stuart |
(9 June 1904 – 21 March 1980)
|20.|| Aodh Ó Broin |
(? – 3 July 1993)
|Aodh Ó Broin||1961||1964||Wicklow|
|21.|| Alf Murray |
(25 December 1915 – 12 March 1999)
|Alf Ó Muirí||1964||1967||Armagh|
|22.|| Séamus Ó Riain |
(2 April 1916 – 27 January 2007)
|Séamus Ó Riain||1967||1970||Tipperary|
|23.|| Pat Fanning |
(25 August 1918 – 14 March 2010)
|Pádraig Ó Fainín||1970||1973||Waterford|
|24.|| Donal Keenan |
(1919 – 19 September 1990)
|Donal Ó Cianáin||1973||1976||Roscommon|
|25.|| Con Murphy |
(28 October 1922 – 29 April 2007)
|Conchur Ó Murchú||1976||1979||Cork|
|26.|| Paddy McFlynn |
(1918 – 24 September 2013)
|Pádraig Mac Floinn||1979||1982||Down|
|27.|| Paddy Buggy |
(15 March 1929 – 15 May 2013)
|Páidí Ó Bogaigh||1982||1985||Kilkenny|
|28.|| Dr Mick Loftus |
(born 9 August 1929)
|Micheál Ó Lochláin||1985||1988||Mayo|
|29.|| John Dowling |
(18 November 1931 – 9 February 2002)
|30.|| Peter Quinn |
|31.|| Jack Boothman |
(12 October 1935 – 10 May 2016)
|32.|| Joe McDonagh |
(1953 – 20 May 2016)
|Seosamh Mac Donnchadha||1997||2000||Galway|
|33.|| Seán McCague |
|34.|| Seán Kelly |
(born 26 April 1952)
|35.|| Nickey Brennan |
(born 3 December 1953)
|Nioclás Ó Braonáin||2006||2009||Kilkenny|
|36.|| Christy Cooney |
|Críostóir Ó Cuana||2009||2012||Cork|
|37.|| Liam O'Neill |
|38.|| Aogán Ó Fearghail |
|Aogán Ó Fearghail||2015||2018||Cavan|
|39.|| John Horan |
|Seán Ó hÓráin||2018||2021||Dublin|
|40|| Larry McCarthy |
|Labhrás Mac Carthaigh||2021||present||New York|
The following presidents (listed chronologically from their term in office) are missing dates of birth and/or death in the list above: Edward Bennet (birth), Peter Kelly (birth), Frank Dineen (birth), Michael Deering (birth), James Nowlan (birth), Patrick Breen (birth/death), Seán Ryan (birth), Seán McCarthy (birth), Bob O'Keeffe (death), Pádraig MacNamee (birth/death), Séamus Gardiner (birth), Dan O'Rourke (birth), Aodh Ó Broin (birth), Donal Keenan (birth), Paddy McFlynn (birth), Peter Quinn (birth), Joe McDonagh (birth), Seán McCague (birth), Christy Cooney (birth), Liam O'Neill (birth), Aogán Ó Fearghail (birth), John Horan (birth), Larry McCarthy (birth).
Seán Kelly introduced the President's Awards.
They are awarded annually.
Donal Keenan, Con Murphy, Paddy Buggy and Nickey Brennan all won All-Ireland medals as players before becoming president.
John Dowling was with the Tullamore club as a dual player, but at inter-county level his involvement was more as a referee, officiating in five All-Ireland finals.
Peter Quinn played for Teemore in Fermanagh, winning a Junior Football Championship. However, his only involvement with the Fermanagh seniors was in the Dr Lagan Cup and some challenge matches; he was never even included in a championship panel.
Seán McCague played junior club football for most of the time but at inter-county level he was a manager.
Jack Boothman played for the Blessington club.
Liam O'Neill played with the Trumera club at junior level, though featured at senior level on hurling teams while studying at St Pat's and UCD.
Aogán Ó Fearghail played locally for 12 years but won no championship games.
John Horan played for Na Fianna in his late twenties.
The highlight of Larry McCarthy's playing career was winning the 1977–78 All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship with Thomond College.
Currently, there are nine living former presidents. These, in chronological order from their term in office, are: Mick Loftus, Peter Quinn, Seán McCague, Seán Kelly, Nickey Brennan, Christy Cooney, Liam O'Neill, Aogán Ó Fearghail and John Horan.
|4||Cork||Christy Cooney, Michael Deering, Seán McCarthy, Con Murphy|
|3||Clare||Edward Bennet, Séamus Gardiner, Joseph Stuart|
|Galway||Peter Kelly, Joe McDonagh, Vincent O'Donoghue|
|Kilkenny||Nickey Brennan, Paddy Buggy, James Nowlan|
|Tipperary||Maurice Davin, Séamus Ó Riain, Seán Ryan|
|2||Antrim||Séamus McFerran, Pádraig MacNamee|
|Dublin||John Horan, Daniel McCarthy|
|Laois||Bob O'Keeffe, Liam O'Neill|
|Limerick||Liam Clifford, Frank Dineen|
|Roscommon||Donal Keenan, Dan O'Rourke|
|Wicklow||Jack Boothman, Aodh Ó Broin|
|Province||Presidents||Top county||Most recent|
|1||Munster||14||Cork (4)||Christy Cooney (Cork)|
|2||Leinster||12||Kilkenny (3)||John Horan (Dublin)|
|3||Ulster||7||Antrim (2)||Aogán Ó Fearghail (Cavan)|
|4||Connacht||6||Galway (3)||Joe McDonagh (Galway)|
|5||Overseas||1||New York (1)||Larry McCarthy (New York)|
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