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Dessie Farrell to step down as Chief Executive of Gaelic Players Association

Dessie Farrell to step down as Chief Executive of Gaelic Players Association

Author: Comms GPA/29 September 2016/Categories: Year 2015, Year 2016

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Dessie Farrell has announced his intention to step down from his role as CEO, effective from end December 2016.  

As a founding member of the GPA, Dessie has been the passionate driving force which has seen the organisation grow from strength to strength, surpassing the standard growth model for players’ representative bodies worldwide. The recent landmark deal with the GAA is another historic moment for the organisation and provides a solid platform as we move into the next phase of our evolution.  

Chairman of the GPA, Seamus Hickey said “Dessie has been an inspirational leader of the GPA.  What he has achieved for inter-county players over his term has been extraordinary. He has nurtured a new generation of player leaders who will take the organisation to the next level.  Throughout his career he has displayed passion and commitment in his service to players. On behalf of current and former players and our supporters at home and overseas I want to thank him sincerely and wish him every success for the future.”

Commenting on his announcement today, Dessie Farrell said:  “Throughout my life I feel extremely grateful to have been involved in gaelic games. I have enjoyed a long career with my club Na Fianna, an underage and senior county career with Dublin football which has spanned three decades and have been involved in coaching of younger Dublin players at different age levels over the past decade. I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to work in a career so intrinsically linked to the sports I love. It has been a tremendous honour to have led the GPA and to have served our county players over the past decade and half. We are all extremely proud of what has been achieved in that time and I feel truly privileged to have witnessed the growth, development and success of the organisation in that period.” 

Previous GPA Chairman and founding member Donal Óg Cusack said: “It was my pleasure and privilege to have known and worked with Dessie Farrell for so many years. We fought many battles side by side and his passion, his integrity, his loyalty and his sense of right made the lives of all inter-county players a little easier. I owe Dessie a great debt as do, the GPA, all inter county players and the GAA generally”.     

The GPA has appointed a sub-committee led by Chairman Seamus Hickey who have been mandated to run an open recruitment process commencing October 9th. Following completion of the process, they will make a recommendation to the board of the GPA by year end. 


Click here to read Dessie's Letter of Thanks.

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