Donegal GAA has a new Children’s Officer, Gary Duffy, whose appointment was confirmed on Monday, at the monthly meeting of the Donegal county committee.
From Buncrana, the new officer takes over from Mick McGrath, who will step down at next month’s County Convention, having completed his five year term in the position.
“I’m looking forward to taking on the role and working with the rest of the county executive and the clubs over the next five years,” Gary Duffy told the Democrat.
“It fits in nicely with my job as a Youth Development Officer with Foroige and one will complement the other.”
In his day job, Gary Duffy is based in Ballybofey and is responsible for North Donegal, the area north of a line from Ballybofey to Dungloe.
The Children’s Officer is an appointed position rather than an elected one, and is for a five year term, which is renewed on annual basis.
The area of responsibility of the Children’s Officer is to chair the Co. Children’s Boardm which has responsibility for overseeing the day to day running of underage football and hurling in the county.
The other area of responsibility is to roll out and oversee the implementation of GAA Child Protection Policies.
Gary Duffy has years of experience working with and coaching underage teams in his club.
He has also worked with Donegal Development squads in recent years and also trained and coached Donegal minor footballers.
He has also managed teams at all levels from underage right up to senior in Buncrana as well as Burt and Steelstown seniors in Derry City.
He takes up the new position at next month’s Convention on December 11th.
Mick McGrath is one of three members of the Donegal executive/management committee who are stepping down at this year’s Convention having completed their five year terms.
The others are current Ulster Council representative Pat Connaghan and current coaching officer Anthony Harkin.
These positions are elected ones and the will be filled at County Convention.
This year’s Convention is in the Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town and nominations for all positions on the county executive and motions closed yesterday evening (Wednesday) at 5 pm.