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Ciarán Barr joins the Gaelic Players Association team

Ciarán Barr joins the Gaelic Players Association team

Dear members,

The Gaelic Players Association (GPA) are delighted to announce that Ciarán Barr has been appointed as the association’s new Head of Finance and Operations and will take up the position at the beginning of March.  Ciarán will bring a wealth of experience from both the sporting and professional worlds to the role.

In a restructuring of the GPA’s management team, the position has been created by the merging of what were two separate roles – Head of Operations and Head of Finance.

As a player, Ciarán had the honour of captaining Antrim in the 1989 All-Ireland senior hurling final, their first appearance in the decider since 1943.  Despite ending in defeat to Tipperary the year will forever be remembered by supporters of the Saffrons.  Their stunning semi-final win against Offaly will never be forgotten.

Ciarán was centre-forward on the All-Star hurling team of 1988 and also has county titles in both Antrim, with O’Donovan Rossa GAC, and Dublin, with St. Vincent’s, to his name.

Ciarán joins the GPA from Theramex (a generic pharmaceutical business) where he was the Chief Financial Officer and board member. He brings with him more than 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical, financial services, telecommunications and travel industries and has held various roles in GE Capital, BT, TUI and Bank of Ireland.

Born in Belfast, Ciarán attended Queen’s University and graduated with a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Applied Physics.  He trained in Dublin as a Chartered Accountant with Gorman and Associates.

I am delighted to welcome Ciarán on board.  He has an outstanding track record professionally and will also be able to bring a player’s understanding and mindset to the role.

He joins the GPA at a very exciting time, and I look forward to working with him for the benefit of all members.

Speaking about his new role Ciarán Barr said; “I am delighted to join Paul and the team in the GPA. I hope that both my professional experience and my GAA background as a player and a coach will be an asset to the players.”

Ciarán will officially take up the position on March 9th.

Paul Flynn,

GPA CEO

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