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Published: 09:22 | 29/9/16

Farrell to step down from GPA role


Dessie Farrell is to step down from his role as chief executive of the Gaelic Players Association in December.

The former Dublin footballer is a founder member of the inter-county representatives' body, which was set up in 1999, and was elected chairman the following year. He was appointed as the chief executive in 2003.

The GPA was formally recognised by the GAA in 2010 and in July the two bodies announced new framework agreement worth €6.2m per year from 2017-2019.

“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," Farrell said in a statement.

"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.”

Farrell will step down at the end of December with a sub-committee led by Chairman Seamus Hickey leading the search for his replacement.

“Dessie has been an inspirational leader of the GPA. What he has achieved for inter-county players over his term has been extraordinary," Farrell said.

"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.”

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