Board of Directors

Aogán Ó Fearghail

Aogán Ó Fearghail

Aogán Ó Fearghail, the 38th President of the GAA, is the first Cavan man to hold of the office of Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael and seventh Ulsterman.

A vastly experienced administrator who has been involved at every level of the Association, he replaced Liam Ó Néill at Congress 2015, on February 28th 2015 in Ballyconnell.

A fluent Irish speaker with a strong passion for Irish culture and history, he has been a driving force in his club Drumgoon Éire Óg for many decades before working at county, provincial and national level.

He is a national school principal.

Páraic Duffy

Páraic Duffy

Páraic is the 18th Director General of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA).

Páraic served as GAA Player Welfare Manager from January 2007 and became its Director General in February 2008. As a volunteer, he had previously chaired the organisation’s Audit, Coaching and Games, and Games Administration committees, as well as completing 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 - one of Ireland’s largest Catholic boy’s second-level schools, from August 1996 until January 2007.

 

Peter McKenna

Peter McKenna

Appointed as the Stadium Director of Croke Park Stadium in 2001 - prior to joining Croke Park, Peter held the position of Chief Executive of Smurfit Publications, Smurfit Publishing and Design and iVenus.com.

Peter was appointed to his current position of Stadium & Commercial Director for the Association in 2011. Under this remit he is tasked with steering the Association’s sponsorship, media rights, licensing and general games promotion. In 2013, Peter won the Marketer of the Year Award.

In addition to his work with the GAA, Peter is a Director of Fire Station Artists Studio, Chairman of the IIFT and on the advisory board of One Young World. Peter is a Chemical Engineering graduate from University College Dublin.

Damian Byrne

Damian Byrne

As a partner at PwC, Damian’s client work specialises on technology and telecoms organisations. He has been a member of the leadership team of PwC Ireland since 2011 and is a non-executive director of Veritas.

Hailing from Arklow, Co Wicklow, he grew up playing Gaelic Football and is married to a Kilkenny lady so hurling also features prominently in Damian’s summer sporting calendar.

A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Damien holds a First-class Honours in Masters of Accounting and Bachelor of Commerce from UCD.

Hugh Cawley

Hugh Cawley

A member of the Management Executive team in Croke Park since 2001, Hugh’s career spanned over 40 years with AIB in the Financial Services business from 1961 to 2001 and after retirement, as consultant from 2001 to 2003. During that time, he was Non-Executive Director of AIB's Ark Life Assurance Company Ltd.

From 1961 he served in branch banking and from 1975 as Branch Manager. From 1985, at Senior Executive level, he held positions in Retail and Commercial Banking; Treasury and International Trade Services and was involved in Strategic Management covering Business Development & Planning and Implementation; Pricing; Product Design and Human Resources Development.

He also supported the design of AIB's business in North America and Poland.

Brian Conroy

Brian Conroy

Managing Partner of Crowe Horwath, Chartered Accountants and Managing Director of its sister company, Bastow Charleton Wealth Management, Brian is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland and an Associate of the Institute of Taxation in Ireland.

Having worked at a number of international firms in Canada, London and Dublin - he has extensive experience in banking and finance and is also a non-executive director of a number of commercial companies in Luxembourg, Germany, the UK and Ireland.

He graduated from UCD in 1972 with primary and post primary Honours Degrees in Finance and has lectured on a range of financial related topics including project appraisal and public sector analysis for Trinity College Dublin and professional bodies over the past 30 years.

John Horan

John Horan

In addition to his role on the board - John is also principal at St. Vincent’s CBS Glasnevin since 2009, having previously served as deputy-principal for 8 years. Prior to that, he taught maths and physics at the same school for 20 years.

An active member of Na Fianna GAA club in Glasnevin, he managed at all level in the senior football team from 1993-1997 and also managed up to Minor level in Hurling. He has served on Club Executive and as Juvenile Games Manager and managed Dublin minor footballers in 2005, having also been a selector with 3 other Minor Teams.

John is also chairman of the Leinster Council along with Dublin Schools, Leinster Schools, Leinster Coaching and Games. In addition to his work with the GAA, he has also been a member of the Irish Red Cross Society for 20 years, spending two as the National Vice-Chairman

Sean Nugent

Sean Nugent

Sean served for over 40 years’ in a number of roles with the Dept. of Post and Telegraph, Telecom Eireann and Eircom - in various capacities in Dublin, Waterford and Clonmel. He also served the South East region in a training and staff development capacity.

A native of Kilsheelan in South Tipperary, his GAA involvement began in the late fifties with the local club Kilsheelan Kilcash as a juvenile and minor player. From 1975 onward served on a continuous basis in various administrative roles at club and county level including South Division chairman 1993 - 1995 and as Tipperary county chairman 2012-2014. In addition to his Board membership, he is also currently representing Tipperary on Ard Chomhairle since 2014.

Pádarig O'Ceidigh

Pádarig O'Ceidigh

Former secondary school teacher and accountant - in addition to his role on the Croke Park Board of Directors, Pádarig is Director of RTE - Ireland’s national broadcaster, Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship in NUIG and also holds the position of Chairman of various companies.

He is a former Chairman of National Research Committee for CLCG and founder of Aer Arann Regional, Foinse, amongst a number of other businesses. Pádarig is also former Chairman of Galway GAA Supporters Club

A graduate of NUIG, Pádarig holds a B Comm. HDE LLB and is a qualified solicitor, having run his own practice for a number of years.

Liam O'Neill

Liam O'Neill

Liam served the Association as the 37th president of the GAA from April 2012 - February 2015, when he was succeeded by Aogán Ó Fearghail. He was the first Laois man since Bob O'Keeffe (1935-38) to hold the position.

He has been a long serving administrator within the GAA, serving first at club and county level and more recently at provincial and national level on some of the most prominent committees in the organisation. Hailing from Trumera in Co Laois, he is principal of the local primary school, which he converted into an Irish language medium school.

He is married to Áine and they have three children, Ciarán, Caoimhe and Cliodhna.