Rarer than Popes

It would be remiss not to mention this week’s appointment of Monaghan’s Paraic Duffy as the new Director General of the GAA. Although not as rare as Halley’s Comet, such appointments don’t happen just any old day – the new man will, when he takes oifig next February, be only the fourth DG the organisation has had since 1929. Mother of God: we’ve had more popes since then.

Paraic Duffy is obviously a good choice as DG and his recent experience, in particular his current post as Player Welfare Manager, means he is ideally placed to offer progressive leadership to the organisation on issues such as the players’ grants controversy. In his post-appointment press conference yesterday, Duffy stated clearly that it was time “to move on to a totally different relationship with our players”. He’s not wrong there and, by the sounds of it, he could be the man to ensure that this happens.

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