President of the Gaelic Athletic Association

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The president of the Gaelic Athletic Association (Irish : Uachtarán Cumann Lúthchleas Gael) [1] is the head of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA).

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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. [2]

The current president is Larry McCarthy, installed at the 2021 GAA Congress.

Selection

The president is elected at Annual Congress. He then serves as -elect for one year.

History

In 1981, John Kerry O'Donnell became the first overseas member of the GAA to run for president. [3]

In 2020, Larry McCarthy became the first overseas member of the GAA to be elected as president. [3]

List of presidents of the Gaelic Athletic Association

No.PortraitName
(birth–death)
Name in IrishTerm of officeCounty
1. Maurice Davin Portrait.png Maurice Davin
(29 June 1842 – 27 January 1927)
18841887 Colours of Tipperary.svg Tipperary
2. Edward Bennet
(1845 – 24 November 1910)
18871888 Colours of Clare.svg Clare
N/A Maurice Davin Portrait.png Maurice Davin
(29 June 1842 – 27 January 1927)
(2nd term)
18881889 Colours of Tipperary.svg Tipperary
3. Peter Kelly
(1847 – 7 April 1908)
18891895 Colours of Galway.svg Galway
4. Frank Dineen.jpg Frank Dineen
(1862 – 18 April 1916)
18951898 Colours of Limerick.svg Limerick
5. Michael Deering
(1858 – 25 March 1901)
18981901 Colours of Cork.svg Cork
6. Alderman James Nowlan GAA President 1901 - 1921.jpg James Nowlan
(1862[ citation needed ] – June 1924)
19011921 Colours of Kilkenny.svg Kilkenny
7. Daniel McCarthy
(22 January 1883 – 2 March 1957)
19211924 Colours of Dublin.svg Dublin
8. Patrick Breen
(? – ?)
19241926 Colours of Wexford.svg Wexford
9. Liam Clifford
(27 June 1876 – 24 February 1949)
19261928 Colours of Limerick.svg Limerick
10. Seán Ryan
(1895 – 7 March 1963)
19281932 Colours of Tipperary.svg Tipperary
11. Seán McCarthy
(1889 – 14 March 1974)
19321935 Colours of Cork.svg Cork
12. Bob O'Keeffe
(16 August 1880 – 1949)
19351938 Colours of Laois.svg Laois
13. Pádraig MacNamee
(1896 – 1975)
19381943 Colours of Antrim.svg Antrim
14. Séamus Gardiner
(1894 – 10 January 1976)
19431946 Colours of Clare.svg Clare
15. Dan O'Rourke
(? – 4 August 1968)
19461949 Colours of Roscommon.svg Roscommon
16. Michael Kehoe
(22 June 1899 – 8 January 1977) [4]
19491952 Colours of Wexford.svg Wexford
17. Vincent O'Donoghue
(18 May 1900 – 29 May 1972)
19521955 Colours of Galway.svg Galway
18. Séamus McFerran
(10 January 1916 – 31 August 1978)
19551958 Colours of Antrim.svg Antrim
19. Joseph Stuart
(9 June 1904 – 21 March 1980)
19581961 Colours of Clare.svg Clare
20. Aodh Ó Broin
(? – 3 July 1993) [5]
Aodh Ó Broin19611964 Colours of Wicklow.svg Wicklow
21. Alf Murray
(25 December 1915 – 12 March 1999)
Alf Ó Muirí19641967 Colours of Armagh.svg Armagh
22. Séamus Ó Riain
(2 April 1916 – 27 January 2007)
Séamus Ó Riain19671970 Colours of Tipperary.svg Tipperary
23. Pat Fanning
(25 August 1918 – 14 March 2010)
Pádraig Ó Fainín19701973 Colours of Waterford.svg Waterford
24. Donal Keenan
(1919 – 19 September 1990)
Donal Ó Cianáin19731976 Colours of Roscommon.svg Roscommon
25. Con Murphy
(28 October 1922 – 29 April 2007)
Conchur Ó Murchú19761979 Colours of Cork.svg Cork
26. Paddy McFlynn
(1918 – 24 September 2013)
Pádraig Mac Floinn19791982 Colours of Down.svg Down
27. Paddy Buggy
(15 March 1929 – 15 May 2013)
Páidí Ó Bogaigh19821985 Colours of Kilkenny.svg Kilkenny
28. Dr Mick Loftus
(born 9 August 1929)
Micheál Ó Lochláin19851988 Colours of Mayo.svg Mayo
29. John Dowling
(18 November 1931 – 9 February 2002) [6]
19881991 Colours of Offaly.svg Offaly
30. Peter Quinn
born 1944)
19911994 Colours of Fermanagh.svg Fermanagh
31. Jack Boothman
(12 October 1935 – 10 May 2016) [7]
19941997 Colours of Wicklow.svg Wicklow
32. Joe McDonagh
(1953 – 20 May 2016)
Seosamh Mac Donnchadha19972000 Colours of Galway.svg Galway
33. Seán McCague
(born ?)
20002003 Colours of Monaghan.svg Monaghan
34. Kelly, Sean-9813.jpg Seán Kelly
(born 26 April 1952)
20032006 Colours of Kerry.svg Kerry
35. Nickey Brennan
(born 3 December 1953)
Nioclás Ó Braonáin2006 [8] 2009 Colours of Kilkenny.svg Kilkenny
36. Christy Cooney
(born 1952)
Críostóir Ó Cuana [9] 2009 [10] 2012 Colours of Cork.svg Cork
37. Liam O'Neill
(born ?)
2012 [11] [12] 2015 Colours of Laois.svg Laois
38. Aogán Ó Fearghail
(born 1959)
Aogán Ó Fearghail2015 [13] 2018 Colours of Cavan.svg Cavan
39. John Horan
(born 1958)
Seán Ó hÓráin [14] 2018 [15] 2021 Colours of Dublin.svg Dublin
40 GAA man Larry McCarthy in 1975.jpg Larry McCarthy
(born 1954)
Labhrás Mac Carthaigh [16] 2021present Colours of New York.svg New York


Births and deaths

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).

President's Awards

Seán Kelly introduced the President's Awards.

They are awarded annually. [17] [18]

Player–presidents

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. [19]

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. [19]

Seán McCague played junior club football for most of the time but at inter-county level he was a manager. [19]

Jack Boothman played for the Blessington club. [19]

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. [19]

Aogán Ó Fearghail played locally for 12 years but won no championship games. [19]

John Horan played for Na Fianna in his late twenties. [19]

The highlight of Larry McCarthy's playing career was winning the 1977–78 All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship with Thomond College. [19]

Living former presidents

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.

Statistics

By county
#CountyPresidents
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
By province
ProvincePresidentsTop countyMost recent
1 Flag of Munster.svg Munster 14 Cork (4)Christy Cooney (Cork)
2 Flag of Leinster.svg Leinster 12 Kilkenny (3)John Horan (Dublin)
3 Flag of Ulster.svg Ulster 7 Antrim (2)Aogán Ó Fearghail (Cavan)
4 Flag of Connacht.svg Connacht 6 Galway (3) Joe McDonagh (Galway)
5Overseas1 New York (1)Larry McCarthy (New York)

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  21. Eugene McGee (15 January 2008). "Election year wheeling and dealing is about to begin". Irish Independent . Retrieved 14 March 2010. Of the last 20 GAA presidents seven were from Leinster, five each from Ulster and Munster and three from Connacht and on only two occasions did a province produce successive presidents. These were Dr Joe Stuart (1958) and Hugh Byrne (1961) from Leinster, and Seamus Ryan (1967) and Pat Fanning (1970) from Munster. Rather amazingly, Munster went 27 years without a president prior to Sean Kelly's election in 2003.