The man who will succeed Frank Murphy in the role of secretary of the Cork County Board has been named.
Kevin O’Donovan, who is currently serving as the vice-chairman of the Cork board, will take over from Murphy in December – when the county’s annual convention is held.
The interview process is one that has been underway since back in July, as the Cork board attempted to make sure they selected the ideal candidate from those available.
Murphy has been in the role since 1972 in a full-time capacity.
Chairperson Tracey Kennedy made the following statement (via RTE) in the wake of the announcement.
“Our priority is to maintain and improve the high level of engagement by clubs, players and volunteers whose work shapes and defines the organisation in the county, and to ensure that Cork GAA is equipped to grow and operate successfully into the future.
“The performances of all our county teams are also of paramount importance. The success of our development squad programme, in which Kevin has been pivotally involved, is vital to the creation of a pathway for success in the future.
“With reports due from our strategic plan implementation committee and our football planning committee in the near future, we will expect the new secretary to drive any recommendations approved by the County Board.
“The management and optimisation of our magnificent new stadium, Páirc Ui Chaoimh, is also an important task in which our new secretary will have a role as a member of the Board of Directors.
“It is imperative that the stadium fulfils it games promotion role as one of the premier GAA venues in the country.It must also achieve the commercial and community objectives which have been set.
“Kevin succeeds someone whose work on behalf of the GAA in Cork and nationally is immeasurable. In his term of office as County Board secretary, Frank Murphy has overseen the growth of the GAA organisation in Cork, the phenomenal success of our inter-county teams, the radical redevelopment of club facilities, the development of three new stadiums, the achievement of unparalleled sponsorship support for our county teams and so much more.
“Cork County Board looks forward to working with our new secretary as we enter a new phase in the life of the Gaelic Athletic Association in Cork and we wish him every success in his new role.”
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena