By Damian Dolan
Three months into his role as Secretary and Senior Games Development Manager for the Provincial Council of Britain, Gary Kelly has been busy racking up the miles. Although based at Pairc na hEireann, the first full-time employee of the Provincial Council has been crisscrossing Britain’s seven GAA Counties, whose Community Development Administrators (CDA) fall under his umbrella.
But that’s only one aspect of a diverse and demanding role, which requires Kelly to have a knowledge and understanding of coaching, administration as well as financial matters.
While the CDA’s come under the Games Development aspect of Kelly’s role, the day to day running of Provincial Council he inherited after Tadgh Meehan stepped down as secretary in February.
Kelly is aware that he has some sizable shoes to fill and Meehan has been a constant source of advice and support, but he’s no stranger to GAA administration. Secretary of his hometown club, Lusmagh, Co Offaly, for three years, and PRO for a further three, Kelly also served the Offaly County Board, sitting on referees and fixtures review committees.
In addition, he studied Sports and Recreation Management at WIT and has previously spent eight years working in sales in the construction industry.
For more see the April 6 print edition of The Irish World