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About the GPA

The GPA is the representative body for inter-county hurlers and footballers. Founded by players in 1999, the GPA supports over 2,300 current county players and a growing number of former players across the three core pillars of Player representation, Player welfare and Player development. The GPA is dedicated to investing in a better and more sustainable future for county players and provide services and support in the areas of Career Development, Education, Life Focus and Health and Wellbeing.

Our Purpose

We support players throughout their careers and post career under three key pillars:

    1. Represent the interests of all our players
    2. Protect their welfare on/off the pitch
    3. Support their development as people

Our Vision

Engaging with all our players, every year with an individualised programme or engagement that makes a significant difference in their lives; assisting them to a lead healthy and prosperous life during and post their inter county career.

Publications

NATIONAL EXECUTIVE
COMMITTEE

Tom Parsons
Seamus Hickey
Donal Óg Cusack
Ronan Sheehan
Philip Greene
Neil McManus
Keith Rossiter
Colin Moran
Ciarán Kilkenny
Brian Mulvihill
Stephen McDonnell
Noel Connors

Tom Parsons

President

County: Mayo

Code: Football

Brian MacCraith

Chairman

Bio: Brian recently finished a very successful 10-year term (July 2010 to July 2020) as President of Dublin City University (DCU), where, among a broad range of initiatives, he actively supported the development and growth of the sport with a particular emphasis on Gaelic games.

During this time, DCU developed significantly in terms of scale, footprint, and international reputation. It became Ireland’s fastest-growing university, rising to more than 18,250 students in 2020, and added three campuses (DCU St. Patrick’s Campus, DCU All Hallows Campus, and DCU Alpha, the university’s Innovation Campus) in the North Dublin region.

Brian placed a strong emphasis on equality, diversity and inclusion and developed several significant initiatives in this context.  He has also chaired many critical reviews on behalf of the Irish Government and has been a board member of IBEC, Chamber Choir Ireland and Social Entrepreneurs Ireland.

Matthew O’Hanlon

Secretary

County: Wexford

Code: Hurling 

Sporting career: Represented Wexford at various levels in Hurling and Football. Captain of the Wexford Hurling team

Professional career: Currently a Sales and Marketing Professional

 

Podge Collins

County: Clare

Code: Dual Player

 

Mickey Quinn

County: Longford

Code: Football

Seán Murphy

GPA: Seán is a member of the GPA’s Board of Directors and Chairman of the Board sub-committee on Remuneration, People and Change. 
Seán has been a member of the National executive (NEC) since 2012. 

Professional Career: Seán joined Aer Lingus in 1991; he started his career in Ground Operations and has served in a number of senior roles in his time at Aer Lingus including, Cargo, Catering, InFlight Services, Human Resources and as a Board Member (2002-2006). His current role is Executive Director of HR & Dublin Airport Operations

Sporting Career: Seán was a Member of the Dublin County Football Management team (under 21’s) 2014-2017 and during that period the team won 4 Leinster and 2 All Irelands Titles.

Education: Irish Management Institute 
BA (Hons) Degree in Business Management
University of Michigan
Smurfit Business School

Eoin Price

County: Westmeath

Code: Hurling

Sporting career: Represented Westmeath at all levels winning 3 Christy Ring titles, 2 Division 2 Allianz league medals, represented Ireland on 5 occasions in Shinty/Hurling, 6 Westmeath SHC medals, 1 Leinster Intermediate club medal, 1 All Ireland Intermediate club medal.

Professional career: Primary School Teacher

Séamus Hickey

County: Limerick

Code: Hurling (former)

 

Dónal Óg Cusack

County: Cork

Code: Hurling

Bio: Dóal is the former Chairperson of the GPA. He is also an Irish hurling coach, TV hurling analyst with the Sunday Game and a former player. Donal Óg is regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers to play the game of Hurling, winning honours at all levels of the sport.

Cited as one of the most influential Irish Sports People of his generation, through his championing the cause of player welfare with Cork, founding the Gaelic Players Association along with his innovation as a goalkeeper and hurler.

He is a Senior Engineering Manager for the American Multinational Johnson & Johnson who he has worked with for other fifteen years.

John Glennon

Bio: John Glennon is a founding and managing partner of RSM Ireland which is a Top 10 Accounting firm in Ireland and part of the 6th largest global accounting network in the world. John has considerable experience helping mid-market leaders develop strategies to grow their business. He has worked with many foreign owned clients in helping them develop localised strategies and business plans to drive local success while remaining integrated with the overall corporate global strategy. John is a member of the RSM European Leadership Team. John is also a Board Member of the German Irish Chamber of Commerce.

Ronan Sheehan

County: Down

Code: Former Hurler

Currently manages Down Hurlers

Philip Greene

County: Sligo

Code: Football

Sporting career: Played with Sligo for 11 seasons, winning 1 Connacht title and 2 National Leagues.

Professional career: Head of Aircraft Leasing at HSBC

Neil McManus

County: Antrim

Code: Hurling

Keith Rossiter

County: Wexford

Code: Hurling

Sporting career: Represented Wexford at all levels right up to Senior. Senior debut in 2003 and retired at the end of the 2014 Championship. Winning a Leinster u21, Leinster Senior, 2 Railway Cup interprovincial and nominated for an All Star in 2007.

Professional career: Currently Sales & Account Manager with Kilsaran International.

Niall O’Meara

County: Tipperary

Code: Hurling

 

 

Colin Moran

County: Dublin

Code: Football

Sporting career: Former Dublin captain, winner of 5 Leinster senior championships and 2 interprovincial championships.

Professional career: Currently Head of Asset and Commercial Finance in Bank of Ireland.

Ciarán Kilkenny

Michael Murphy

County: Donegal
Code: Football

Brian Mulvihill

County: Tipperary

Code: Football

Sporting career: Represented Tipperary at all levels, 11 years at Senior level.

Professional career: Director at Irelandia Aviation

Niall Morgan

County: Tyrone

Code: Football

Padraig Mannion

County: Galway

Code: Hurling

Stephen McDonnell

County: Cork

Code: Hurling

Noel Connors 

County: Waterford

Code: Hurling

Board

Tom Parsons
Donal Óg Cusack
Philip Greene
Brian Mulvihill

Tom Parsons

President

County: Mayo

Code: Football

Brian MacCraith

Chairman

Bio: Brian recently finished a very successful 10-year term (July 2010 to July 2020) as President of Dublin City University (DCU), where, among a broad range of initiatives, he actively supported the development and growth of the sport with a particular emphasis on Gaelic games.

During this time, DCU developed significantly in terms of scale, footprint, and international reputation. It became Ireland’s fastest-growing university, rising to more than 18,250 students in 2020, and added three campuses (DCU St. Patrick’s Campus, DCU All Hallows Campus, and DCU Alpha, the university’s Innovation Campus) in the North Dublin region.

Brian placed a strong emphasis on equality, diversity and inclusion and developed several significant initiatives in this context.  He has also chaired many critical reviews on behalf of the Irish Government and has been a board member of IBEC, Chamber Choir Ireland and Social Entrepreneurs Ireland.

Matthew O’Hanlon

Secretary

County: Wexford

Code: Hurling 

Sporting career: Represented Wexford at various levels in Hurling and Football. Captain of the Wexford Hurling team

Professional career: Currently a Sales and Marketing Professional

 

Seán Murphy

GPA: Seán is a member of the GPA’s Board of Directors and Chairman of the Board sub-committee on Remuneration, People and Change. 
Seán has been a member of the National executive (NEC) since 2012. 

Professional Career: Seán joined Aer Lingus in 1991; he started his career in Ground Operations and has served in a number of senior roles in his time at Aer Lingus including, Cargo, Catering, InFlight Services, Human Resources and as a Board Member (2002-2006). His current role is Executive Director of HR & Dublin Airport Operations

Sporting Career: Seán was a Member of the Dublin County Football Management team (under 21’s) 2014-2017 and during that period the team won 4 Leinster and 2 All Irelands Titles.

Education: Irish Management Institute 
BA (Hons) Degree in Business Management
University of Michigan
Smurfit Business School

Dónal Óg Cusack

County: Cork

Code: Hurling

Bio: Dóal is the former Chairperson of the GPA. He is also an Irish hurling coach, TV hurling analyst with the Sunday Game and a former player. Donal Óg is regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers to play the game of Hurling, winning honours at all levels of the sport.

Cited as one of the most influential Irish Sports People of his generation, through his championing the cause of player welfare with Cork, founding the Gaelic Players Association along with his innovation as a goalkeeper and hurler.

He is a Senior Engineering Manager for the American Multinational Johnson & Johnson who he has worked with for other fifteen years.

John Glennon

Bio: John Glennon is a founding and managing partner of RSM Ireland which is a Top 10 Accounting firm in Ireland and part of the 6th largest global accounting network in the world. John has considerable experience helping mid-market leaders develop strategies to grow their business. He has worked with many foreign owned clients in helping them develop localised strategies and business plans to drive local success while remaining integrated with the overall corporate global strategy. John is a member of the RSM European Leadership Team. John is also a Board Member of the German Irish Chamber of Commerce.

Philip Greene

County: Sligo

Code: Football

Sporting career: Played with Sligo for 11 seasons, winning 1 Connacht title and 2 National Leagues.

Professional career: Head of Aircraft Leasing at HSBC

Brian Mulvihill

County: Tipperary

Code: Football

Sporting career: Represented Tipperary at all levels, 11 years at Senior level.

Professional career: Director at Irelandia Aviation

STAFF

Paul Flynn
Colm Begley
Tommy Doyle
Eamonn Murphy
Ian Reeves
Jennifer Rogers
Karen Thorpe

Paul Flynn

Where am I from: Swords, Co. Dublin

My Role: CEO

What does it involve in a nutshell? Lead the team, drive the ‘player centric’ strategy and execute strategic projects/ initiatives

Favourite part of my role: Representing the Voice of the Players, Protecting their Welfare and Supporting their Development

Favourite Sporting memory: My full debut for Dublin v Wicklow in the O Byrne Cup 2008

Ciarán Barr

Where am I from: Belfast, Co. Antrim

My Role: Head of Finance and Operations

What does it involve in a nutshell? Ensuring that the members of the GPA have access to the services they require in the areas of Welfare and Development. Also ensuring that the GPA manages its financial resources to allow it to fulfil its mission, in a way that is compliant with best practice governance standards in the voluntary sector.

Favourite part of my role: Looking forward to working for and on behalf of our members, and meeting lots of GAA and other sports people.

Favourite Sporting memory: Lots of great memories across Waterpolo, Football and Hurling. But here goes, playing Hurling in the Feile of 1977 in Waterford, as a 12 year old corner back for O’Donovan Rossa GAC Belfast. My big brother Dee was mid-field.

Colm Begley

Where am I from: Laois

My Role: Project Co-ordinator

What does it involve in a nutshell?

Enabling proactive member engagement with our current successful programmes and services, while also designing new exciting opportunities that will further develop and support our members.

Favourite part of my role: Helping fellow players get more back from the massive effort and commitment they give to their sport. I’m very passionate about providing our members with exciting opportunities to develop themselves off the field and realise their full potential. 

Favourite Sporting memory:

Winning the Laois County championship with Stradbally in 2016. Maurice Fitzgerald’s side-line point to draw the match in the 2001 Quarter Final, against Dublin, in Semple stadium. Outside of the boot perfection.

Tommy Doyle

Where am I from: Westmeath

My Role: Welfare and Communications officer

What does it involve in a nutshell? Actively engaging with GPA members across various communication channels, establishing all sides of our players’ welfare is looked after

Favourite part of my role: Getting to meet and talk to players from all counties, some players that you may never meet on the field of play

Favourite Sporting memory: The final whistle of the Leinster Football Final 2004, Winning National League title this year

Kieran McSweeney

Where am I from: Home: Dromahane / Club: Kilshannig / County: Cork

My Role: Head of Communications

What does it involve in a nutshell? My job is to ensure there is open and proactive communications with all parties who have an interest in the GPA but particularly with players.

Favourite part of my role: Finding new ways to help players tell their stories with purpose.

Favourite Sporting memory: Kilshannig winning the Cork Intermediate football title in 1988 and Cork’s Double in 1990.  Introducing Cork’s All-Ireland winning hurling team of 1986 as the 2011 Jubilee Hurling Team on All-Ireland final day at Croke Park.

Eamonn Murphy

Where am I from: Kildare

My Role: Player Representation Manager

What does it involve in a nutshell? Ensuring the voice of our members is heard and working to implement policies to protect their welfare on and off the field

Favourite part of my role: Observing the power of the collective player voice to impact positive change

Favourite Sporting memory: Kildare V Dublin Leinster final 2000/Man Utd winning Champions League 1999

Ian Reeves

Where am I from: Dublin           

My Role: Player Development Officer

What does it involve in a nutshell? Through my assessment of the players’ need, I identify an all-inclusive proposal to support the person behind the player through our Player Development Programmes

Favourite part of my role: Engaging & connecting with GPA members to support them off the field

Favourite Sporting memory: Sean Óg Ó hAilpín’s all Irish speech after the 2005 All Ireland Hurling Final

Jennifer Rogers

Where am I from: Westmeath

My Role: Project Co-Ordinator

What does it involve in a nutshell? Working across the areas of development, welfare and representation and developing ways to enhance and improve the services and supports the GPA provides to our members

Favourite part of my role: Having the opportunity to contribute to the development of relevant supports and services for players and seeing the difference this can have on their lives

Favourite Personal Sporting memory: Winning the Intermediate All-Ireland final with Westmeath Ladies in 2011 and winning the Intermediate Club All-Ireland with my club Milltown Ladies in 2015 – can’t pick between these two, both were equally amazing for different reasons!

Favourite Sporting memory: Nickie Quaid’s save in the 2018 Semi-Final against Cork to force extra-time – what a game!!

Karen Thorpe

Where am I from: Dublin

My Role: Events & Player Alumni Manager

What does it involve in a nutshell? Managing big GPA events and Player Alumni Networking & Services

Favourite part of my role: Reconnecting former team mates at the annual Former Players Event

Favourite Sporting memory: Stephen Cluxton’s free to win the All-Ireland for Dublin in 2011

National Engagement
Officers

Alan Kerins
Stephen McDonnell
Niall McNamee
Noel Connors

Alan Kerins

County: Galway

Code: Hurling/Football (former)

Stephen McDonnell

County: Cork

Code: Hurling

Niall McNamee

County: Offaly

Code: Football

Noel Connors 

County: Waterford

Code: Hurling

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Gaelic Players Association,
27 Northwood House,
Northwood Business Campus,
Santry, Dublin 9

Tel: +3531 8575686
Email: info@gaelicplayers.com

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