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Páraic Ó Dufaigh (Director General)

Páraic Duffy became the 18th Director General of the Association on February 1 2008 having served in a variety of roles within the Association before his eventual elevation to his current position.

The Castleblaney native, whose father Michael was also a prominent GAA administrator has served at every level of the Association. A former Principal of St. Macartan's College in Monaghan, he served as Chairman of the Monaghan County Board, and chaired many central GAA Committees before his appointment, including the National Audit Committee (2006), the Coaching & Games Development Committee (2003-2006) and the Games Administration Committee (2000-2003).

Currently a member of the Scotstown GAA Club, Páraic's playing club was Castleblaney Faughs, with whom he also gained his first administrative experience in the GAA. He was a selector on the successful Monaghan senior football team from 1983 to 1987 and was the International Rules Tour Manager in Australia in 2001 as well as on two Junior Tours. He has been involved with coaching at underage at all levels and holds a Club Coach Level One Award.

A graduate of the University of Ulster and UCD, Mr Duffy's work as Player Welfare Manager in Croke Park facilitated the publishing of key reports on Player Burnout (he was Secretary of the Player Burnout Task Force) and the playing of Club Fixtures, as well as initiatives relevant to medical issues within the Association, through his work with the Medical, Scientific and Welfare Committee.

Mr. Duffy becomes only the fourth man to hold the top administrative post in the GAA since 1929. He is the first Ulster man to be appointed to the position. One of his earliest tasks was to assist overseeing the roll out of The GAA Strategic Vision and Action Plan 2009-2015 and he completed his seven-year term last year, which was extended.

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