By Martin Mannering.
One week after being elected as the next President of the GAA Aogan O Fearghail had his first official public engagement last Saturday evening. The President Elect was in the Northwest city as guest at the Annual Dinner dance of John Mitchels, who were taking time to reflect on a highly successful 2013 season for the Liverpool club.
The first Cavan man to be elected to the post, O Fearghail took time to speak to the Irish World as he looks forward to the challenges and responsibility of the highest office in the GAA.
On the problems facing provincial clubs in Britain, O Fearghail referred to his mantra of the ‘Four Fs’ – fixtures, family, facilities and finance.
“The most important aspect of the GAA is the actual playing of our games and the proper planning and fulfilling of fixtures is most essential,” said O Fearghail.
“Equally the involvement of family and friends is fundamental to the growth of clubs and while clubs outside of Ireland do not have that local community base it is still vital to involve the local community wherever a club is based.
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