From Bishopstown to the GAA's top job, after 35 years in the United States

From Bishopstown to the GAA's top job, after 35 years in the United States

Larry McCarthy, left, with Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael John Horan, centre, and Ard Stiúrthóir of the GAA Tom Ryan. Picture: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

CORK’S Larry McCarthy will take over as the GAA President in 2021 after he was appointed as president elect following the recent GAA Congress.

The Bishopstown native defeated former Armagh footballer Jarlath Burns to become the first overseas president of the association.

GAA enthusiasts throughout the country, but especially in Cork and the Big Apple are thrilled that the long serving administrator will serve as the new president.

Larry who emigrated to New York in 1985 engaged in a huge campaign in recent months which enabled him to win the coveted race to succeed outgoing president John Horan.

Current New York chairperson Joan Kiely-Henchy is delighted her colleague won the race to become the new GAA president.

“The New York County Board are extremely proud of Larry’s success. We supported him throughout his campaign and I suppose those of us that know him would suggest his appointment was not a surprise.

“However it was an unbelievable achievement. He put the work in and thankfully he was rewarded,” revealed the diligent club official.

The news that the Cork man will succeed John Horan was also a great boost and filip for all the overseas GAA Boards who contribute enormously in promoting Gaelic Games to the vast Irish diaspora and natives in their various countries.

Joan is convinced Larry’s appointment will be very beneficial for all the overseas county boards.

“The New York County Board is held in high esteem within the GAA organisation and we’ve always had a very close working relationship with Croke Park.

“This great appointment will certainly recognise us in a more formidable light.”

Running an overseas GAA administrative requires a lot of volunteers determined to ensure the promotion of Gaelic games in that jurisdiction is possible.

Larry will be all too aware of the many challenges overseas GAA boards face declared Joan.

“Larry would certainly understand the challenges of overseas units. Each overseas unit would have their own unique set of challenges. For the most part New York have overcome most challenges.

“We have had huge successes at Feile and World Games in recent years. Ultimately our senior team in recent years have come agonisingly close to winning their Connacht championship games.

“Our biggest challenge at present is counties traveling from Ireland to engage in fundraising in New York.

“It is difficult when we are currently fundraising for the redevelopment of Gaelic Park and our travelling team is also fundraising to offset the costs and expenses of their trips.”

Larry will bring with him a lot of expertise to his new role.

Picture: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Picture: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

The Associate Professor of Management at Seton Hall University, where he teaches in the sports management programme and specialises in sports marketing.

The Cork GAA enthusiast is expected to be a very progressive president.

He will bring a huge array of knowledge to the new role revealed Jean.

“Larry is a very talented and progressive individual. He understands club fixtures and the difficulties clubs have.

“He has been involved at club level for many years. He will be a voice for clubs. Larry no doubt will be missed on the ground here.

“However we totally understand this comes with the job. He is only an email away for any advice we may need.”

Despite living in New Year for over 30 years, Larry always retained his Corkness.

The former Bishopstown player was also a keen supporter of the Rebels explained Jean.

“We have a great association and history with many Cork personnel. Cork club and roots here in New York are very strong. Like all exiles they are steeped in history, pride and many a Cork person has been involved at board level during my involvement.

“Larry is a proud son of Cork. However, when you are involved in the board here you represent the entire diaspora which Larry did extremely well over the years.”

The GAA in the Big Apple is thriving at present. Membership levels at all levels, both adult and underage in both codes are flourishing.

The New York County Board are currently in the midst of redeveloping Gaelic Park at present and they have very specific goals they hope to achieve going forward.

“The membership is growing in leaps and bounds. We have over 2,600 children registered at underage level.

“We have had huge success at Feile and the World Games. This is down to the hard work of our coaches and volunteers throughout the entire association.

“We see the potential for our youth and have a firm commitment to nourish and grow that. We have county development squads in place for hurling, camogie and football teams which are are hugely successful.

“Twelve of our current footballers from the development squad are currently in with the senior county team.

“Our primary focus is on developing, nurturing and giving our youth every possible tool to make them successful both on and off the field.

“Redevelopment work of Gaelic Park is ongoing which is very exciting.”

Jean is very confident Larry will thrive in his new role.

“Larry will be a great president. He is not afraid of hard work. He has always offered his wisdom, expertise, and friendship to all. The entire NY GAA wish him much success. We are looking forward to working with him in his new role.”

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